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Opinion: Fingerprints Make Bad Passwords

We all know passwords are rubbish. We pick short ones, simple ones, easy ones; we never change them, we use our birthdays, childrens’ names, pets’s names, postcodes; and then we write them down on post-it notes and stick them to the screen. We think we’re clever when we use a password manager – right up … Continue reading

How-to: Disable Windows 10 Peer Uploads

It may come as a surprise that Microsoft incorporated peer-to-peer networking into Windows 10. Somebody thought “what a great way to accelerate and distribute the rollout of the Windows 10 upgrade – the early adopters can help those who come after by sharing the load, using the kind of torrenting technology everyone’s used for years … Continue reading

Opinion: Android Hacks and the Stagefright from Hell

You may have read about the multiple-hack affecting Stagefright, the code in Android that plays back media in MMS (multimedia messages). An enterprising hacker (allegedly) needs only send an MMS containing the exploit to the phone number of an Android 2.2 or later device and Stagefright will write code to any part of that device … Continue reading

How-to: Generate Good Passwords Part II

For those of you on the front-line dealing with user accounts and password resets in large organisations, we return to the thorny issue of passwords. We will soon be implementing a tougher security standard for encrypting passwords within the our events database. It should occur invisibly behind the scenes and I won’t bore you with … Continue reading

How-to: Understand Website ‘Identity Information’

…or more precisely, when a reputable website such as WordPress.com displays a warning triangle and the message: “this site does not supply identity information.” You may notice the warning triangle in the address bar on sites which use the HTTPS, SSL and TLS protocol and certificates, and get the message when you scroll over it. … Continue reading

How-to: Help! My IP address has been hacked!

That was a genuine call for help recently, a friend-of-a-friend thing where I happened to be the closest thing to an IT expert they knew. Rather than contemptuously asking “what do you mean your IP address has been hacked” my first question was – what are the symptoms, how do they know they’ve been ‘hacked’? … Continue reading

How-to: ‘Tis the season for on-line safety

Our esteemed colleagues over at TalkTalk issued a cunningly un-disguised sales pitch for one of their products recently; it’s on a protected link, so feel free to ignore that! What was more useful was the advice in the sidebar for staying safe on-line over the coming holiday season. Six things you can do: Avoid buying … Continue reading

How-to: Adjust Browser Security for Mixed Content and Frames

Adjusting your web-browser security settings If at any stage browsing the web you are presented with a blank page, you may need to refresh your  browser’s cache by pressing the Control and F5 keys. Failing that, different web browser software may require additional steps to adjust the security settings. Please consider carefully your need to … Continue reading

How-to: Know the facts. Stop the fraud. [Re-post]

A worthwhile post care of the British Banking Association at bba.org.uk. Keeping your money safe is your bank’s number one priority. That’s why they’ve set up secure procedures to protect you from fraudsters. But these criminals are often sophisticated and their techniques are constantly changing. One such ploy is to pretend they work for the … Continue reading

How-to: Secure the Weakest Link behind the Keyboard – Part II

Now for the seriously weak link – you.We busy little bees rush in, skim-read, ignore warnings, know better than everyone else, are highly suggestible, insatiably curious and when on-line, generally risk-blind. And that’s on a good day. The rest of the time we go skipping through the online minefield with gay abandon and the kind … Continue reading

News: Dyre Banking Trojan gathers pace

The malware, also called Dyreza, designed to bypass SSL and steal login credentials, is prompting sofware vendors to email clients a “not us, guv” denial. The Dyre banking trojan which was reported at the start of the Summer (source article: Security Researchers Warn of New Dyre Banking Trojan (eSecurityplanet) by Jeff Goldman, June 20, 2014) … Continue reading

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