Tag: computer security

The Simplicity of Secure Passwords

Yes, you read that correctly. Creating and using secure passwords can actually be simple. With an understanding of how to make a password harder to crack through brute force (i.e., multiple, repeated attempts at guessing) and a password manager, you can greatly enhance the security of your passwords. tl;dr – Longer passwords + a good password manager = simple security.

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Convenience Versus Security (or Maybe I Should Ask My Information Security Team First)

As a result of the theft of credit card, debit card and personal information from Target, my credit card company decided to replace my credit card. I don’t know for sure if they saw fraudulent activity, but I do shop at Target, so I’m glad they went ahead and did this. However, I am not so sure they helped all...

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My Backup Strategy

Let’s see … Mozy, Dropbox, MobileMe, CrashPlan, SkyDrive … the list goes on and on. So do the monthly fees and the backups of 100+ gigabytes of music and 50+ gigabytes of photos, not to mention the financial records, home inventory, etc. Plus, how secure are these sites? I’m sure they have lots of security in place, but something still...

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Great Tool for Creating Passwords

Having trouble creating a password that is both secure and easy to remember? My favorite trick is to use numbers and symbols that look like letters to help you remember. This way you can create a password that looks much like a real word, but because of the numbers and symbols, it is very hard to crack. For example, you...

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