Awesome, Safe, and Secure Passwords


Quiz:

Which of the following two passwords is stronger,
more secure, and more difficult to crack?

D0gs………………..

PrXic.N(n4k07#L!eVdJfp9

Answer:

D0gs………………..

Why?  Because it has one more character than the other one.

The Explanation:

What makes a password more or less secure?

  • Are you using a common password like, “123456”, “Password”, “God”, “Admin”, “qwerty” (be creative)
  • How long is the password? (most are less than 6 characters, I use 12 for general website and 16+ for banking)
  • Is the password all lowercase letters? (Add Uppercase letters)
  • Does the password contain numbers? (Add numbers)
  • Does the password contain special characters? (Add special characters like “.-{<>’ etc.)
  • Do you use the same password for all your accounts? (use a password manager so you can have different passwords for different accounts)

The point of this article is that stronger passwords don’t have to be confusing.  but by adding some “padding characters” you can make your password memorable yet much more secure.  (Please don’t use all periods, again be creative).

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t use your birthdate or children’s names or other personal info as your password.  By themselves that would be an easy password to break.  But what if you applied this article to your easy to remember password?

Samu3l>”>”>”>”>”

Even if you knew that I like to use my son’s name as my password, you still could not guess what my password is.

But don’t use the same password for all your logins.  Find a good password manager to help you out.  Lastpass, Roboform, and 1Password are all my favorites.  🙂

What are your thoughts?

Leave comments below along with your ideas.  And go change those passwords right now!

You can read the whole article here:

Click here for the article I read.

Financial Security in an Online World


In todays world, you can never be too safe or secure. This is especially true with our finances. This will be quite a lengthy article, but isn’t your identity and financial protection worth it?

So let’s talk for a moment about financial security as it deals with our computers and online transactions.

But with all these tips, I have to first say there is no such thing as total security. While we can have good practices, we can never be completely secure. However an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So lets focus on some preventative measures we can take. Continue reading

Computer Security For Your PC (Mac users read the tips)


Hi Friends,

Many of you have chosen to use a PC as your primary computer.  But the topic of security eludes most of us.

We know we should have a firewall to protect access to our precious files.  And we know to purchase an Anti-virus program like one of the biggees (Norton Antivirus, McAfee, etc.) But what is Anti-Spyware?  What about Anti-Malware?  Have you heard about HIPS protection?  And it seems like the list could go on and on.  At some point the thought crosses our mind… “Do I really want 5 programs running on my computer before I do anything?”  “My computer seems to be running so slowly these days…”

I have always recommended the Trinity of security Applications: Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, & Firewall.  If you want a list of very good and free software, go to http://www.techsupportalert.com.

But security starts before you install any of these programs.  And these TIPS are for all computer users.

  • Keep your Operating System up to date with the latest software updates.  Windows or Mac, it doesn’t make a different.  Check those updates and install them regularly.
  • Keep your key programs updated as well.  Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Java, Firefox/Chrome/Other Web Browsers, etc.
  • Windows users, I just came across this program that comes highly recommended.  Personally I don’t use a PC anymore so I haven’t tried it.  But the concept is solid.  The program is called GeSWall and it’s available here.  The concept is to build a wall between your computers files and your internet activity, thereby keeping the bad stuff away from affecting your computer and files.
  • One of my favorite internet guru’s, Gizmo Richards, features more great tips on his website.
  • Have you got a great tip too?  Leave them in the comments section for all to see.

Aloha!
Arlen

Don’t Use the Internet at Starbucks


Hi Gang,

Just a quick tip on security. This one is especially for you iPad owners because sometimes we use our mobile devices without thinking about the security ramifications.

Did you know that if you are on a public wifi like a starbucks or similar location, you should not check your mail or log in to any websites (unless you take some precautions for your security).

The following article will explain this in more depth, but I thought it a good warning because we all need to consider internet security and more so as we become more and more mobile.

Cloak your connection to foil Firesheep snoopers

Even on a “secure website” you may be at risk if the website is not setup with the proper level of security.

I also recommend using a VPN service if you frequently use public internet.
I’ve been pleased with two services in the past (although I am a very infrequent user).

  • hidemynet.com
  • witopia

Have a great day, and be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

🙂
Arlen


The Top 3 Security Apps To Protect Your Mac-Repost



Hi Gang,
I just found this great article on Security Apps for your mac. Worth reading and installing.

I have iAntivirus on my Mac and run the scan from time to time to ensure my Mac is safe and bug free.

The other two are great suggestions and I plan to look at them more closely in the near future.

Here’s the link to the original article.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Makeuseof/~3/1-4SRZc5HuI/

Aloha,
Arlen


Network Setup


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Networks don’t need to be complicated. And unsecure networks can be dangerous. But with some practical help you can connect all your devices safely and securely. Once your computers are networked, you can share music, pictures, videos, and documents easily. Even sharing one printer among all your computers is a breeze.

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