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March 30, 2014  4:12 PM

Who supports 2FA (two-factor authentication)?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management, Two-factor authentication

In light of the plethora of data breaches in the news, it behooves us to use two-factor authentication (2FA) where it is available. I use it for important accounts like LastPass, eBay and PayPal. Where it is offered on other financial accounts, I use it. You should, too. But how do you know who...

March 29, 2014  9:58 PM

Turn off email preview in your email client



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

In light of Microsoft Security Advisory 2953095, I am restating advice I first published in 2008. While this particular vulnerability may not be directly related to previewing email messages, it is still a viable attack vector. Here is what I originally called "Security Maxim...


March 29, 2014  9:36 PM

Oh no! Not another password post!



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

bad-passwords

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March 26, 2014  1:55 AM

Thwart predators and social engineers with a passphrase



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

I don't remember exactly where I saw it or heard it, but I recall a story about an incident where a child was approached by a (potential) sexual predator.  The child was told his mother wanted him home right away and -- we'll call him Mr. Friendly -- Mr. Friendly was there to pick the child up....


February 28, 2014  10:21 PM

Two factor authentication becoming a necessity



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management, Two-factor authentication

With the password's fading usefulness, we have to seriously consider two-factor authentication as the minimum level of security for any site dealing with sensitive information. I have been using the PayPal "football" for years as a second factor on both PayPal and eBay. I've implemented Yubikey...


February 27, 2014  2:33 AM

Mac OS X 10.9.2 released to fix critical SSL security hole



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Mac, OS X, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

They promised "as soon as possible" and they delivered. Here are the details straight from the OS X App Store.

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January 20, 2014  8:53 PM

How to stay (relatively) secure with XP at the end of support – Part 2



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

In How to stay (relatively) secure with XP at the...

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January 20, 2014  8:08 PM

Anti-malware protection for Windows XP extended to July, 2015



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Malware, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Vulnerabilities

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December 31, 2013  6:24 PM

How to stay (relatively) secure with XP at the end of support – Part 1



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

R_I_P_XP_gravestone

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December 10, 2013  12:00 AM

Have you been pwned?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Adobe, Data Leak, Password, passwords, Secure Computing, Security

Data breaches have been big news over the past couple of years with some big players leaking huge numbers of online accounts and email addresses. These accounts are now "pwned," being subject to illicit use by hackers. Here are some of the big players and the number of compromised...


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