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 –… 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,… Read More

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Office For Android – Passwords Problems

Office For Android Office for Android devices is now available Here are some details to assist you: Set Up Microsoft Office On Android 2 Factor Authentication Here are details of 2 factor authentication: Lifehacker Guide To 2 Factor  Password Issues I continually get calls from people re their accounts being compromised , whether they are their social media , email accounts and their are usually some common flaws in their passwords. Too short They have a word in it  It is just a poor password The graphic below will give you some tips  Source: WhoIsHostingThis.com

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iPhone Battery Tips – RAM – Do You Have Enough – Passwords – What Are The Worst

iPhone Battery Life Issues Here are some tips if you are having issues with your iPhone battery You may need a new battery , book in at the Genius bar Change the brightness on your phone , brightness drains the phone more than any other feature See whats training your battery:Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage Turn off location services and turn off Share my location :Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location If you are not using wifi – turn it off Turn off notifications Settings > Notifications Manually check your email and turn off this feature by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data. Restart / reset your device at least once a week RAM – random access memory Some computers – laptops / desktops – have been made with insufficient ram so when opening multiple programs or when… Read More

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Embrace The Cloud – But Follow The Rules

Lets Put The Celebrity Photo “ hack “ Into Perspective Many media outlets blamed Apple and iCloud however it has been reported that the photos that were put on the internet came from Apple devices , Android devices and webcams.This was a targeted attack on the celebrities. So how did they do this? Email account – email address they found this out They knew the answers to the security questions used on these accounts – mothers name , favourite car , first job are not hard to find out  Weak password that was used on multiple accounts They could have clicked links in emails giving them access to their computers  Lets not confuse iCloud and “ the cloud The cloud is storing information and data at a separate location that you access via an internet connection. There are very few people that have not used the cloud whether you are… Read More

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What Did We Learn About Uploading To The Cloud This Week ?

At a time when we should be embracing the cloud we had the ” nude photo scandal ” this week where photos of celebrities were accessed and ” stolen” from their online accounts. First they came out and blamed Apple as it was supposedly an iCloud issue. Apple have addressed this : Tim Cook :iCloud security will be strengthened So how do we think they accessed these photos Poor passwords Same passwords for multiple accounts Poor answers to security questions ( mothers name for example can be found on Wikipedia) Failure to turn on 2 factor authentication Make no mistake this was a “targeted ” attack on these celebrities not your everyday user. Targeted attacks like this stretch the security on all services and the average home and business user would have little to nothing to worry about if they addressed the above issues. Remember every time you use the flexiteller… Read More

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FIVEaa Segment – Have Your Passwords Been Stolen ?

BACKGROUND A Russian crime ring based in a small city in south central Russia has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses The records include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites from big companies (Fortune 500 companies) to small Internet sites and most of these sites are still vulnerable. Some big companies were aware that their records were among the stolen information but have not commented.- This is not good but expect to see companies comment as they try and patch this again. So far, the criminals appear to have not sold many of the records online.  They appear to be using the stolen information to send spam on social networks like Twitter at the behest of other groups, collecting fees for their work. Selling the records on the black market would be… Read More

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2 Factor Authentication – Why You Should Turn It On

2 factor authentication is where you will give a company your mobile phone number so that they can issue you with a code that you enter to access their service on your computer , tablet or smartphone. Passwords are great , but 2 factor authentication means that they know it is you. “Google’s spam guru, Matt Cutts, put it best: two-factor authentication is a simple feature that asks for more than just your password. It requires both “something you know” (like a password) and “something you have” (like your phone). After you enter your password, you’ll get a second code sent to your phone, and only after you enter it will you get into your account. Think of it as entering a PIN number, then getting a retina scan, like you see in every spy movie ever made. It’s a lot more secure than a password (which is very hackable), and… Read More

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EBay Hack – What Do You Need To Do

The EBay hack where hackers stole email addresses, encrypted passwords, birth dates, mailing addresses and other information, though no financial data, nor PayPal databases were compromised is the second biggest of its kind. As with the recent Heartbleed security issue it does take time for companies to realise that this has occurred. What should you do  Change your password on EBay and on Paypal  If you use the same password elsewhere , change that password too  Turn on 2 factor authentication at Paypal so that your mobile number is registered and you receive a code when conducting transactions on that account  Be extra wary of phishing emails that spoof eBay and PayPal and ask you to click on some link or download some security tool; attackers are likely to capitalise on this incident to spread malware and to hijack accounts.

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