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The #1 Way to Start Your New Year Right?

 

Want to know the #1 action to take as your first accomplishment in 2017 that will benefit you for a lifetime?

Start using a password manager.

Seriously - it's that simple, but also that meaningful and everlasting.  Here, we help you think about the process to choose the best one for you.

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Cyber Safe Travel - Hotels, Airports and Public WiFi.

August 18th 2017 - We're updating this report on "Cyber Safe Travel" as a result of the recent increase in reports of hotel WiFi based fraud and theft.  Powerful software tools developed at the NSA are now used by criminal cartels to target wealthy guests at luxury hotels around the world.  Practical solutions and defenses are reported below.

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Topics: Passwords, WiFi Security, VPNs and Encryption, Cyber-Safe Travel, Ransomware, Cyber Crime

The Art and Science of Passwords

Using and managing passwords is a drag, but the fact remains they are the keys to our information kingdom and for the foreseeable future, an inevitable part of everyday life. Weak passwords and repeating the same passwords are common in and out of the workplace, and represent one of the weakest links in our chain of cyber defense both personally and professionally. In this blog, we offer hints and techniques you can use to increase the effectiveness of your passwords, and better defend your increasingly vulnerable information and digital assets.

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Gmail Password Hack is Spreading With Potentially Deep Repercussions.

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Potential Tragedy is Just a Heartbleed Away - Change Your Passwords Now For Safety and Security.

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How to Make Impenetrable Passwords You Can Remember.

 

 
Passwords are the key to the gate of your castle. This brief advice will help you create and remember passwords that will protect you.
 
 

You must protect your personal information. This is the only way to survive, much less thrive, in the digital age.

 

"Last year, Ars Technica gave three experts a 16,000-entry encrypted password file, and asked them to break as many as possible. The winner got 90% of them, the loser 62% -- in a few hours. If there's any new news, it's that this kind of thing is getting easier faster than people think."   Bruce Schneier, security guru.

 

Passwords are a pain, but there is an approach that is both manageable and bearable. We learned it from the ultimate guru in cyber-security and cryptography expert Bruce Schneier. Take phrases, our favorite quotes, anything that can be called upon as a framework, like this;

  • Jmpn_JaK*Fla$h! - could be remembered by recalling the Rolling Stones song.

  • Inspirational words - "IWILL@sZtd" as "I will seize this day."

  • It's a fact that we need to teach our kids a technique for passwords that they can live with - This little piggy went to market might become "tlpWENT2m".

  • Ltime@go-inag~faaa! = Long time ago in a galaxy not far away at all.

  • uTVM,TPw55:utvm,tpwstillsecure = Until this very moment, these passwords were still secure.



Schneier continues with this advice;

   1. Never reuse a password you care about.  Even if you choose a secure password, the site it's for could leak it because of its own incompetence.  You don't want someone who gets your password for one application or site to be able to use it for another.
 
   2. Don't bother updating your password regularly.  Sites that require 90-day -- or whatever -- password upgrades do more harm than good.  Unless you think your password might be compromised, don't change it.
 
   3.  Beware the "secret question."  You don't want a backup system for when you forget your password to be easier to break than your password.  Really, it's smart to use a password manager.  Or to write your passwords down on a piece of paper and secure that piece of paper.
 
   4. One more piece of advice: if a  site offers two-factor authentication, seriously consider using it.  It's almost certainly a security improvement.
 
This essay previously appeared on BoingBoing.
http://boingboing.net/2014/02/25/choosing-a-secure-password.html


When it comes to passwords, you can't get any better advice than this, special thanks to Bruce Schneier.
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Brad Deflin
Palm Beach, FL
 

 

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The best way to make safe and secure passwords you can remember.

 

 
Passwords are the key to the gate of your castle. This brief  advice
will  help you create and remember passwords that will protect you.

From security guru Bruce Schneier;

"The attacker will feed any personal information he has access to about the password creator into the password crackers.  A good password cracker will test names and addresses from the address book, meaningful dates, and any other personal information it has. Postal codes are common appendages.  If it can, the guesser will index the target hard drive and create a dictionary that includes every printable string, including deleted files. If you ever saved an e-mail with your password, or kept it in an obscure file somewhere, or if your program ever stored it in memory, this process will grab it. And it will speed the process of recovering your password."
"Last year, Ars Technica gave three experts a 16,000-entry encrypted password file, and asked them to break as many as possible. The winner got 90% of them, the loser 62% -- in a few hours.  It's the same sort of thing we saw in 2012, 2007, and earlier.  If there's any new news, it's that this kind of thing is getting easier faster than people think."

There's still one scheme that works.  Back in 2008, I described the "Schneier scheme"; t ake a sentence and turn it into a password. For example:
 
  • This little piggy went to market might become "tlpWENT2m".

  • WIw7,mstmsritt... = When I was seven, my sister threw my stuffed rabbit in the toilet.

  • Wow...doestcst = Wow, does that couch smell terrible.

  • Ltime@go-inag~faaa! = Long time ago in a galaxy not far away at all.

  • uTVM,TPw55:utvm,tpwstillsecure = Until this very moment, these passwords were still secure.



Schneier continues with this advice;

   1. Never reuse a password you care about.  Even if you choose a secure password, the site it's for could leak it because of its own incompetence.  You don't want someone who gets your password for one application or site to be able to use it for another.
 
   2. Don't bother updating your password regularly.  Sites that require 90-day -- or whatever -- password upgrades do more harm than good.  Unless you think your password might be compromised, don't change it.
 
   3.  Beware the "secret question."  You don't want a backup system for when you forget your password to be easier to break than your password.  Really, it's smart to use a password manager.  Or to write your passwords down on a piece of paper and secure that piece of paper.
 
   4. One more piece of advice: if a  site offers two-factor authentication, seriously consider using it.  It's almost certainly a security improvement.
 
This essay previously appeared on BoingBoing.
http://boingboing.net/2014/02/25/choosing-a-secure-password.html


When it comes to passwords, yu can't get any better advice than this, special thanks to Bruce Schneier.
 
Thanks for reading,
 
The Total Digital Security Corporation
Palm Beach, FL
 

 

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