The subject of passwords is one that is both fascinating and frustrating to me. We know that it’s getting easier and easier for hackers to crack our passwords; just three years ago, a nine-digit password would take 44,530 years to crack, but today that same password can be cracked in less [...]
I am a big fan of sites that tell you the relative strength of your password – rather than just let you pick out any old password, they show you the strength of your chosen password, in an attempt to guilt you into picking something stronger. But most sites just show “Weak,” “Good,” and “Strong,” [...]
These days, hackers are finding it easier and easier to prey upon web surfers who access websites through traditional, insecure means. You know what I mean here, right? A website has no special security when it has the typical “http://” in front of the address. If you’re visiting a site that has confidential or private [...]
If you’re a Gmail user, you might want to to give this Gmail Security Checklist a onceover. It takes you through an assessment of security basics – on your computer, your browser, your Google account, and then your Gmail settings. And although this is designed for Gmail, many parts of this checklist apply just [...]
Those dastardly phisherpersons are at it again. Now they are setting up legitimate-looking shopping sites for the purposes of downloading a trojan to your computer. When you click on an image of a product, it instead downloads a zip file that automatically installs itself, and it’s then poised to steal your personal and financial [...]
I talk a lot here about phishing scams and how to avoid them. But if all of these suggestions are too overwhelming, let’s boil it down to a single rule: trust nobody. Speaking of phishing, here’s a devilish (and fake) contest entry form to win a brand new car!
Have you heard about the latest phishing scheme? It’s particularly diabolical, because it doesn’t require you to take any action, other than opening an e-mail. When you do that, the malicious code is installed deep within your computer, and it can then force your browser to go to a fake website whenever you [...]
There’s a new phishing scam making the rounds, and it involves Google. Apparently, the scammers use Google to re-route an e-mail, and dupes users into creating Yahoo! e-mail accounts for the spammers to use themselves. The lesson here is that if you’re going to create an e-mail account through Yahoo!, Hotmail, [...]
This week, web usability guru Jakob Nielsen posted an article titled User Education is Not the Answer to Security Problems]. The summary states:
Internet scams cannot be thwarted by placing the burden on users to defend themselves at all times. Beleaguered users need protection, and the technology must change to provide this.
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