Within the next few weeks, Chrome will roll out a feature that lets you know immediately with a pop-up if you enter a password that’s been compromised somewhere, and prompts you to change it everywhere you use it. (Yes, they see you reusing passwords across different sites even though we all know it’s data hygiene 101 to never do that.)
Forgot password? Five reasons why you need a password manager | ZDNet
The rules for creating passwords are simple: Use a random combination of numbers, symbols, and mixed-case letters; never reuse passwords; turn on 2FA, and use a password manager. Here’s why you can’t afford not to. Plus: Five password managers worth considering (click on the source link below to visit ZDNet for the full story).
Google rolls out Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection
Google introduced two new updates that will help keep your data secure, beyond just Google’s sites and apps: Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that helps protect your accounts from third party data breaches, and a new feature called Cross Account Protection.
On March 25th (2018) MyFitnessPal discovered that a data breach had occurred. MyFitnessPal is a very popular online Free calorie counter and diet plan. If you have an account, you should have received an email about the breach and what steps to take. The most important step to take is to change your password. I learned about the breach (in the news); but, mostly through LastPass, the password manager that I use.
If you have other accounts where you use the same password or similar information, I highly recommend you change those passwords, as well; and, monitor those accounts for any suspicious information. Over the years I have seen folks use the same password for a multitude of their accounts.
According to MyFitnessPal, the affected information included usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords. Reportedly the breach occurred sometime in February.
LastPass Tips For Maintaining Your Passwords:
Unique account, unique password: Creating strong and unique passwords for every account is the best first step to protecting yourself against a breach. Use a password generator to create passwords for you. Unique passwords ensure that a breach at one website doesn’t result in a stolen account at another.
Protect your email: If a hacker has access to your email account, they can use password resets at most sites to get into other accounts. Consider creating an alternate email address for online signups. And be sure to turn on multi-factor authentication for your email account. That way someone will need to get your email credentials and have access to your phone in order to truly get into your email account.
Give fake answers to security questions: You know those silly security questions companies ask you so you can “prove” who you are? Don’t give real answers. Use the password generator to create random answers that you can then store in LastPass. Just add it to the “notes” section for any website login stored in LastPass.
Keeping track of passwords is painful. Here are our 3 tips to keep track of passwords without sacrificing the safety of your accounts and your data.
A feature that I really like in Windows 10 is the “Microsoft Print to PDF”. Typically when you print a document, the document is sent to your default printer to be printed. In Windows 10 you have another optional printer to select from called “Microsoft Print to PDF” that allows you to print a document to a native PDF file. What this means is that the document you desire to print does not go to a physical printer; instead, the document is printed (converted) to a PDF file that you can save to your computer, email to another party, etc… An example of how I use this is, when I make an online purchase, instead of printing the invoice to my printer, I simply select “Microsoft Print to PDF” and print the invoice to a PDF file that I then save on my computer. You can save a lot of paper by printing documents to “Microsoft Print to PDF”…
In Windows 10, the default PDF viewer is Microsoft Edge; however, you can install another PDF viewer such as Adobe, Foxit Reader, Nitro and my freeware favorite Sumatra…
GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
[ OFF TOPIC – IMPORTANT ] The Most Important Things They Don’t Want You to Know About the Health Care Bill – I follow the Congress very closely and what I am seeing is unprecedented. We the people need to stop looking at politics as some type of team sport of taking sides and take an interest in following what is going on. Our politicians are taking advantage of us in an effort to dumb us down so that we are a nation of the poor and of the very rich. For example, the House of Representatives just passed a health care bill that many of them (who voted for it) will outwardly tell you, is not a good bill. This bill will hurt the very base of the people that elected our President and it is being touted as some type of a trophy. Please contact your representatives and express your displeasure; seriously, your life and the future of your financial integrity could depend on this. The bill still has to go through the Senate where it is expected to be basically rewritten. A good read on this is at the popular website LifeHackers, where details on how this will impact you is outlined — “lawmakers plastered on a few lipstick-like changes to the bill: things that they hope will make it look prettier and deflect some criticism, but that do nothing to change the fact that this is a terrible bill and they all know it”… READ MORE
The 10 Best Camera Apps For Android – Despite manufacturer’s best efforts, default camera apps have not enjoyed the privilege of consistency. This gave birth to an entire library of camera based apps to squeeze every bit of power from that camera. Here is our pick for the 10 best best android camera apps… READ MORE
Why you don’t need 27 different passwords – According to a poll by Intel Security, the average person has 27 discrete online logins. From social media accounts to banking to online shopping to utilities, credentials—which usually include a username and password—are required for each… READ MORE
NirSoft unveils UninstallView 1.0 – NirSoft has released UninstallView (32-bit here), a portable tool which collects and displays information on your stored applications… READ MORE
Turn Your Android Phone (or laptop) Into An Endoscope – I just did a search for endoscopic cameras on Amazon and was surprised to see the results (and really how inexpensive these cameras are). What these cameras do, is allow you to see in and around small narrow spaces, using a long snake-like waterproof camera attached to your Android phone (or laptop) as the viewer and power source. Amazing stuff at little cost… READ MORE
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