Email Address – Passwords – Have They Been Pwned ?

With all the email addresses and passwords that have been leaked on the internet how do you know if one that you used is vulnerable.

Well renowned security researcher and blogger Troy Hunt has a site that is a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or “pwned” in a data breach.

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Split Up From A Partner – You May Need To Take Action

Not all relationships last forever and many will share their passwords , logon details , account details with their partners in life.

So what do you do when things go wrong and your partner has known all your passwords and logins for your devices and accounts.

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Internet Safety Rules For Your Children & Some That Adults Need To Learn

  The graphic below emphasises some great tips that children and adults should be following : Don’t post something you will later regret Protect your online privacy Don’t fall for email phishing scams Talk about and deal with cyber bullying Behave online Have different passwords for different accounts Don’t download in app purchases unwittingly Avoid the worst places on the web Don’t become obsessed with the internet Avoid sharing personal information online 10 Internet Commandments for Kids Going Online [Infographic] by the team at Pumpic.

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Split Up From A Partner – Time to Change Passwords

Not all relationships last forever and many will share their passwords with their partners in life. So what do you do when things go wrong and your partner has known all your passwords and logins for your devices and accounts. You should change passwords on the following : Email accounts Social media Gmail if you are an Android user Apple ID if you are an iPhone user Change your security questions for any account Check to make sure that your phone number is used for 2 factor authentication Also in many cases if the split has not gone well you may consider not using social media for a while.

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The One Thing You Should Not Have In A Password

At least once a week i will encounter someone who has lost access to their online account through a poor password and the one common mistake is that a word is visible which makes it easy to “break”. For example: eve20156 crows1997 crows1998 port2004 If you do not want to use a password manager you need to eliminate the word but as we all know it is hard for us to remember passwords so how do we make the above passwords just a bit better. 20E15ve6! 19Cr97ows# 19Cro98ws! 20Por!t04 Some slight changes have made these more secure but still able to be remembered. Also remember to turn on 2 factor authentication 

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What Do We Know About Passwords & Some Password Tips

“Intel conducted a survey in April, of which 521 respondents were Australian, to find out about people’s password habits and made some concerning findings:” — http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/05/world-password-day-is-coming-are-your-passwords-secure/ Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:6.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:15.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; color:#595959; mso-themecolor:text1; mso-themetint:166; mso-fareast-language:JA;}Australians have an average of 26 different personal and business-related accounts that require a password 33 per cent of Australians forget a password at least once a week 68 per cent of Australians don’t know what 2 factor authentication is – this is where you give your mobile phone number to the company ( Apple , Microsoft , Google , Facebook etc ) and a code is sent to your mobile that you will need to enter in to authorise that this is indeed you – Details of 2 Factor Authentication 20 per cent of Australians have regretted sharing a password with a family member or friend in the past – this is common amongst teens and should be addressed by parents  53 per cent of Australians would prefer to use thumbprint recognition and 20 per… Read More

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Passwords – Do Not Share And Make Sure You Choose Wisely

Passwords are, for many , the weakest link in their security chain. Whether it is your online accounts , banking , or logging into your computer , your password needs to be good. Names that are visible should be avoided at all costs : for example –  richard2015 is a terrible password that will be broken very quickly. However 20Richa15rd is an improvement. Make sure you know your password , use a password manager such as Last Pass  If 2 factor authentication is available make sure you use it , something you know (your password) and something you have ( the code sent to your mobile phone number ). DO NOT SHARE your password – it is yours – many could learn from this Seinfeld Episode  “A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters. Never give out your password to anyone.* Never give it to friends, even if they’re really good friends. A friend can – maybe even accidentally – pass your password along to others or even become an ex-friend and abuse it. Don’t just use one password. It’s possible that someone working at a site where you use that password could pass it on… Read More

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