Finally, I am starting to see a wave of websites use a secondary level of password security to help secure accounts. This concept called two-factor authentication, multi-factor authentication (collectively, called 2FA) works great. You try to log in on a new device and your phone or tablet will display a one-time code that you have…Read more
Start the New Year Off Right With the Proper Approach to Passwords
Passwords - "What are they good for? Absolutely nothing." (with apologies to Edwin Starr and Elaine Benes) Over these last few days, I have received a bunch of calls from people that thought they had gotten hacked (they hadn't - just an annoying advertising pop-up window in their web browser), those that weren't sure if…Read more
A friend of mine is trying to prove me wrong. I said that people don't concern themselves with security until they are hacked. People use the same password for everything. Password sheets look like kindergarten writing tablets. People go on a river cruise and get so desperate to check email to see if their best…Read more
Yahoo Hack and how it effects you.
As you have seen recently in the news, Yahoo just announced that about two years ago, their email systems were hacked. Names, email addresses, passwords (with some level of internal encryption), dates of birth, the questions used to establish password resets that users set up (favorite restaurant, father's middle name, etc) were all compromised. Credit card…Read more
How a Computer Techie Got Hacked
Mat Honan is a senior writer at Wired Magazine, one of the preeminent journals of technology. You would think someone in his field would be ‘hacker proof’. He was, with a combination of hacking and exploitation of telephone support security policies. What happened to Mat could happen to anyone and everyone. Apple and Amazon have…Read more
Computer, Email, & Website Passwords
Don’t use the same password for your email that you use for anything else. Why? Guess what happens if someone hacks your email? They now have your password that they could (but probably won’t) try on other web sites. Several large websites have gotten hacked recently like Sony. If you use the same login for…Read more
Know Your Passwords!
One of the best ways to save money with your computer guy, regardless of whether you have a PC or a Mac, is *know* your passwords. Setting up computers is much more difficult and expensive if the computer guy has to try and figure out or reset your wireless network password and/or your email passwords!…Read more
Microsoft Security Essentials
MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS – If you remember, Microsoft has had a yearly subscription product for internet security called OneCare. Out of my 600+ customers, 2 have it, so you can’t really call it successful, unless you only interview those 2 people. Well, Microsoft has decided, smartly, to admit that it’s the fact that their operating…Read more
How to Un-Expire (Reregister) Avast!
AVAST EXPIRED WARNING – Avast!, the antivirus I’ve been installing for the past year or so, has to be registered yearly in order to continue to work. Some of you have started getting messages that it will expire in a certain number of days. DO NOT let it expire. Here’s what you do to make…Read more