August 20, 2012  2:54 AM

We must be careful about what we do on the internet: Part 1

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

As a network admin at Antonelli College, one of my duties is making sure that the students are fully briefed on safe browsing practice. It's always nice when one of their peers gives us a hand. Hunter Mitchell, a student worker at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi campus came up with a very good summary...

July 27, 2012  5:05 PM

New security feature in Firefox and Chrome speeds surfing

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Firefox add-on, Google Chrome, Secure Computing, Security

Oh, and did I mention that it also keeps you safer? Both Firefox and Chrome have added a new security feature called "Click-to-play." After you enable it--which you will have to do since the feature is not enabled by default in either browser--you will have to click on a specified blank...

July 6, 2012  1:12 PM

The Great Internet Blackout is coming July 9

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Malware, Secure Computing, Security

If you are still infected with the DNS Changer malware, you will be unable to access the internet as of July 9, 2012. According to the FBI, who took over a series of rogue DNS servers last November,  there are still hundreds of thousands of computers infected with the malware. While the FBI...

March 31, 2011  11:50 PM

Complex Compound Pass Phrases

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

What the heck is a "complex compound passphrase," you ask? Ah, let me enlighten you, Grasshopper! I am the master of password systems, but this one escaped me. You see, I had fallen into the trap known as complexity and had been busy defining complex algorithms for generating unguessable passwords;...

March 26, 2011  10:42 PM

Create Perfect Passwords on Paper

Posted by: Ken Harthun, LastPass, Password, Perfect Paper Passwords, Secure Computing, Spinrite, Steve Gibson

I wrote this article back in 2007. It was relevant then, and it's relevant now, particularly in the light of the Comodo SSL compromise incident I reported in my last post. While I have gone on to using LastPass to generate and securely store my passwords, I still occasionally use Perfect Paper...

January 18, 2011  1:25 AM

Password Voodoo

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, passwords, Secure Computing, Security

I get the same question every day: "How can I make a password that is strong and easy to remember?" Frankly, when I'm in the cranky mood I was earlier today, I'm tempted to answer with a simple question in return: "Do you ever bother to read my posts?" Of course, the answer is that no, they don't...

December 23, 2010  2:36 AM

I’m Giving Away Ten Copies of The Ultimate Security Toolkit

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Geek Toolkit, Geek Tools, Secure Computing, Ultimate Security Toolkit

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November 20, 2010  3:09 PM

Identity Exposure Index (iEi) Can Improve Over Time

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Identity Exposure Index, Identity Theft, Secure Computing

In 2009 April, I introduced the concept of an Identity Exposure Index (iEi) in my post, What’s Your Identity Exposure Index? In 2009 May, in response to a reader's...

August 28, 2010  12:45 PM

Ten Web Browsing Myths – Part 2

Posted by: Ken Harthun
downloads, Secure Computing, Secure Search, security myths, Security practice, sophos

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