Keep your passwords strong

I’m testing out the WordPress Android app, so I hope this works.
Anyway, here is an article about a password cracking tool that should make you think twice about adding repeating characters to commonly used words/passwords.
http://ob-security.info/?p=351

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Creating stronger passwords… that you won’t forget.

Audience: Everyone
Take a read through the following article and its follow-up. I think it has some great points about user passwords. I have already been recommending pass-phrases as a good option for sometime now. One thing that I would like to add to this author’s thoughts is to make sure you use different passwords for every website, computer, phone, etc. This is to secure against key-loggers or a hacked database giving up your password. To help memorize these unique passwords you can combine a word or phrase that reminds you of the specific website, device, etc. with a core pass phrase. For instance:
Computer pass-phase: The-King-of-ROFL-rules-his-tech
Facebook pass-phrase: The-King-of-ROFL-rules-his-friends
Just try not to make it something easily guessed if one is discovered… maybe add a random number?

http://www.baekdal.com/tips/password-security-usability

http://www.baekdal.com/tips/the-usability-of-passwords-faq

Let me know your thoughts on this.
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For those of us who can’t remember many passwords try out a password generator and manager like Keepass. The best part is it is portable, so you can put it on a usb drive. My favorite trick is to put it in Dropbox, so I have access to it on all my devices. Did I mention both these are free?

Malware Update

-GPU assisted Malware ups the threat level. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/28/gpu_assisted_malware/

-GMail security check-list. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/help-keep-your-account-safe-with-gmail.html

-Behind the scenes Malware cleaning: http://remove-malware.com/videos/new-video-cleaning-the-client/

-Best Malware Ever? http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9185919/Is_Stuxnet_the_best_malware_ever_

-And finally make sure that you and your users KNOW what your Anti-virus interface looks like. Fake anti-virus programs are rampant. The best defense is still educating the end-user. http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=1452

I’ve also been enjoying a few podcasts over at “The Force Field” if you’re into tech, check it out.

Thanks for reading, check back soon, and be safe out there.

-Nomad

This week in Malware

– recommended audiences: Home-user to Tech

I would like to have a weekly recap of Malware news on my blog. I think this would be useful to raise awareness a among home-users and maybe help inform a few fellow techs out there. This is my first edition. Feel free to give me your thoughts on this idea.

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The Number One Rule of Computing

The Number One Rule of Computing: Back it up! (imho)

target audience: home user

If you are reading this blog, then you probably live in a world full of data. Data that you depend on, for work, finances, travel, entertainment, and more. Without this data you day-to-day life would be turned on end. And yet, this data along with the technology that reads it can be fickle and fragile. I think most everyone has at some point tasted the bitterness of failure from forgetting to save a document. Many people have hung their heads in defeat as critical hardware went to an early grave. And a few people have even suffered theft, fire, or floods. Murphy can visit in many forms, so it is critical that we back-up all of our important data. It is not my intent to discuss specific products, or deliver a complete how-to (look for future articles) but rather to explain several varieties of back-up. Read on to find out the basics of back-up solutions for the home PC.

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