Do You Two-Step?

Oh the joy of being online – more than 1 billion Yahoo accounts hacked, celebrities getting their photos stolen after falling victim to email schemes, login information for 167 million LinkedIn accounts was stolen – the list goes on and on.

Even if you follow my advice for creating secure passwords, there’s not much you can do when a site you use gets hacked – or is there? That’s where two-step (also called two-factor) authentication can help. Continue reading “Do You Two-Step?”

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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Logging In With a Touch or a Phrase Anything but a Password -NYTimes.com

Logging In With a Touch or a Phrase Anything but a Password – NYTimes.com.

A quote from this article that has me worried:

“Computer scientists in Brooklyn are training their iPads to recognize their owners by the touch of their fingers as they make a caressing gesture.”

A caressing gesture? Sure, I love my iPad, but caressing? Good way to break the stereotype of computer scientists, guys.

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 could change the word password to [email protected] The challenge of course, is coming up with good words and then substituting numbers and/or symbols for the right letters. That’s where Password Maker comes in. This Mac OS X Dashboard widget takes the word you type and automatically substitutes numbers and symbols for some of the letters. Voila – instant, easy security.