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Use Password Savvy to make hard-to-hack passwords that are easy to remember

These days, in order to have strong password protection, you have to mix capital letters with lower-case letters, throw in a handful of random numbers, and sprinkle some punctuation around. I typically sit down with a piece of paper and write down a few random words, but words that I will remember, and then make some modifications and substitutions, until I have a strong password.

It’s easy enough, just write down some words, or even a phrase: “My name is James O’Brien

Then string them together: mynameisjameso’brien

From here, I like to substitute some letters… Continue reading

Recommended Programs: CCleaner

This guide explains how to download and use CCleaner to clean out junk files and manage the performance and stability of Windows-based computers. CCleaner is a great program for cleaning out junk files on Windows-based computers. If all CCleaner did was clean out junk files, I would still recommend it, but CCleaner does much more than just delete your temporary internet files and dump your system cache. CCleaner also has an excellent registry scanner, a great disk and free space wiper, and a host of other valuable utilities to help you keep your computer tuned and running well. Continue reading

Free Online Virus Scanners

It is a painful and irrefutable fact of computer technology that no antivirus software can protect your computer from 100% of all viruses or malware. It happens from time to time, that a virus does get past your currently installed antivirus program. When this happens, your installed antivirus software might not be able to remove it.

That’s where an online antivirus solution comes in handy. They are always up to date with the latest virus databases, and they are quite affective at removing most known viruses. Using an online virus scanner is like getting a second opinion… Continue reading

Running Internet Explorer 6 dependent business applications in windows 7 or Internet Explorer 8 or 9

A big security issue that many businesses are forced to live with is having to use Internet Explorer 6.0 in order to run their business applications. The problem of course, is that Internet Explorer 6.0 has huge security issues. Unless the companies that write the browser-based business applications update their code to support current and more secure versions of Internet Explorer, businesses that have to use these applications either have to live with these major security risks, or they have to try and beef up their firewalls and network security to make up for the security flaws… Continue reading

Recommended Website: Send Private Info That Self-Destructs

From time to time, I find it necessary to send sensitive information such as passwords to clients via e-mail. The problem with sending sensitive information through e-mail is most of the time, the recipient is not set up to handle encrypted e-mail. Fortunately, there is an easy solution that lets you send private info that self-destructs after the recipient accesses the information.

Simple To Use – Click the blue button. Paste something private. We’ll encrypt it and give you a unique URL that you can share

Encrypted – Your data is encrypted from you to us, and… Continue reading

Recommended Website: BrowserCheck.org

Qualys BrowserCheck is a cross-platform and cross-browser SaaS service that scans the user’s browser looking for vulnerabilities in the browser itself and its plug-ins. This tool will also help you fix the security issues discovered by the scan.

To give you an idea, I scanned my  Firefox portable browser. Here are my results:

 

Browsercheck is easy and free to use, as long as it is for personal use only. Check it out at https://browsercheck.qualys.com

 

 

Wi-Fi Analyzer App for Android

Whether you are a home user troubleshooting wireless connectivity issues in your home, or a mobile user just looking for a good public wireless signal, the Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android is a great tool to have; and it’s free!

Wi-Fi Analyzer does more than just show you what wireless access points (WAP’s) are nearby, much more.

Wi-Fi Analyzer will show you the channels of the nearby wireless networks, and show you where those channels are overlapping.  This is great if you live in an area where there are many WAP’s nearby, and you are experiencing connectivity… Continue reading

Hack reveals passwords from locked iPhones and iPads

No passcode required

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco

Researchers have devised a method for stealing passwords stored on locked iPhones and iPads that doesn’t require cracking of the device’s passcode.

The technique, disclosed on Thursday by members of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, requires physical access to the targeted iPhone or iPad, so remote attacks aren’t possible. But it takes less than six minutes and carry out, and the after effects are easy to conceal, making it ideal to carry out on devices that are lost, stolen or temporarily unattended.

The hack exploits cryptography… Continue reading

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