Worst Passwords of 2015

bad-pwdHere are the 25 most commonly used passwords for 2014.  If your password is on this list, please understand that these passwords are among the first tried when automated password cracking software is used by a cyber-criminal.  So if yours is here, change it now.

Passwords are becoming problematic for several reasons.  The first, IMHO, is the use of email addresses as the user ID ...

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Phishing and Spearphishing – Don’t Take The Bait!

Phishing HookHere’s a provocative statement:  If you could just prevent your staff for clicking on links or opening attachments in phishing emails, 95% of your cybersecurity problems would be prevented.

As perimeter defenses and anti-malware software products have become more effective, cyber-attackers have turned to the phishing email approach as their number one favorite method for acquiring user names and passwords or gaining unauthorized access to computers on your network.   The spearphishing ...

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What Can I Do With Your Email Account?

Email_thumb2There are many online accounts that would be bad to lose control of, such as your Amazon, eBay, PayPal, or bank account.  But by the far the worst account to lose is your email account.  If I can trick you into giving me your email user ID and password, by using a phishing email, or phone pretext call, I will be in.  I can start off by simply observing, as I read your emails, ...

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Password Tips for 2016

password1Passwords – Is mine strong enough?  How do I know?  Every time I write a password article I feel as if this subject has already been done to death by me and others.  But I always get more positive feedback on this subject than others I consider more interesting, so we offer the following suggestions:

  • Use different passwords for personal and work systems.  That way ...
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Tips From FBI To Lower Your Online Profile

ic3I am getting posts from the FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), and received this interesting warning on November 18th of last year.  This warning was sent to law enforcement and public officials, but if you have come to the point in your life were you are feeling a bit overexposed on the Internet, these tips can help you too.

For some of us, a few of these suggestions are ...

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Business Cybersecurity Resolutions

newyear2016As we approach the new year it is traditional to make our New Year’s Resolutions.  Unfortunately, most resolutions are made but not kept, so I am a little reluctant to offer these ideas for improving your cybersecurity in the coming year.  But if you have not climbed on the cybersecurity bandwagon yet, you are definitely overdue. Pick a few of these ideas to implement in your business.

 

Here they are:

  • Stay informed about the ...
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Amazons Offers Two-Factor Authentication

Amazon-LogoOne of the security practices that I am always looking for is two-factor or multi-factor authentication.  This is when you need a user name, a password, and a special code or device to provide the second authentication factor.

I have been using Google Authenticator with my extensive set Google accounts and with the password manager LastPass.  I was happy to learn that I can finally ...

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Good Question

free-wifiMy Facebook friend Jeff Wegge asked:  “Security question Bob. Is the hotspot on my mobile verizon phone any more secure than public Wi-Fi?”

This is a most excellent question! Generally speaking, the mobile hotspot will be more secure for two reasons The first is that only you are likely to be using it, unless you explicitly shared the SSID (network name) and passphrase with someone else. The second reason is ...

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Google Apps Features Single Sign-On

google-logoIf you are having trouble managing “all those passwords” for your online resources, one solution would be to use a password manager like LastPass or Dashlane.  Google has come up with a single sign-on (SSO) product that not only will log you into all your Google apps (Gmail, Voice, Blogger, YouTube, Apps, Drive, Analytics, AdWords, etc) but  also integrates access into 17 other ...

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Comcast Subscribers: Change Your Password

comcastAccording to a post on Sophos, Comcast has reset the passwords on 200,000 customers after a security researcher discovered an advertisement on the Dark Web offering to sell 500,000 Comcast passwords in pain text for $1000 in BitCoin.  Investigation by Comcast found that “only” 200,000 of there accounts were active and proactively reset the passwords on all the affected accounts.  Comcast ...

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