The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday.
Nothing is safe anymore…
Speaking to an enthusiastic collection of hackers and security researchers at the annual DEF CON convention in Las Vegas, Vigo explained how he managed to reset passwords for a wide-ranging set of online accounts by taking advantage of the weakest link in the security chain: your voicemail.
This is a Guest Post by Allen Jame, who is a follower of “What’s On My PC”. Thank you Allen for sharing your expertise on Satellite Internet Security with my readers…
Satellite communication is referred to as one of the most popular communication technology used for global communication.
Its applications are vast. Military intelligence, Broadband internet service, and weather forecasting are its some most popular applications.
The satellite dish network internet Wi-Fi is supposed to be the best solution for getting internet in the rural areas.
Although its advantages are vast still security in the satellite communication is a significant concern.
There are many limitations. For example, power control, high link delay, and link availability are some of the standard security issues on the satellite internet.
During the satellite communication, protections of the links and the satellites are not enough. Sound integrity and the confidentiality of the downlink earth stations is also a significant concern.
In this article, you will witness security issue with the satellite internet. Some of the main security issue covered in this article are:
- Satellite security link protocol issues
- Network infrastructure issues
- TCP based security issues
- Information-System based security issues
- Long delays
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.
Here is an Android app, called Firefox Focus, that I highly recommend for your Android-based smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook. Firefox Focus, built by the same maker (Mozilla) as the Firefox browser, has been engineered for our Android mobile devices with privacy, safety, and security in mind. When you browse with Firefox Focus it automatically will block a wide range of online trackers; AND, will automatically erase your history, passwords, and cookies (which, by the way, is the method used to bombard you with unwanted ads). I use this browser a lot, to supplement my regular browser when I am shopping on the internet to prevent the cookies from haunting me with ads. The install on this is small (less than 3 MB) and works great on all Android devices, including the Chromebooks that support Android app installations.
Since I started using Facebook, I am seriously looking at the security and privacy ramifications that we expose ourselves to when we do social networking (such as Facebook). With that being said, I encourage you to read “4 Ways to Crack a Facebook Password & How to Protect Yourself from Them“.
You will see more postings, from me, in the future in regards to Facebook vs. Security and Privacy, as an effort to help protect ourselves from that element of our society who prey on honest people.
If you have a Gmail (Google) account you need to bookmark the link provided below that gets you to a dashboard (called “My Account”) that gives you quick access to settings and tools that let you safeguard your data, protect your privacy, and decide how your information can make Google services work better for you. You can even use the dashboard to help find your phone if you lose it; or, to see how much Google Drive space you have left.
Many Gmail (Google) account users are unfamiliar with this dashboard. I highly recommend that you put this one on your bookmark list and periodically visit the dashboard site to review your settings.
From the “My Account” dashboard you can manage (and control) things such as:
Sign-in and Security – Control your password and Google Account access (Signing in to Google, Device activity & security events and Connected apps & sites).
Personal Info and Privacy – Manage your visibility settings and the data we use to personalize your experience (Your personal info, Manage your Google activity, Ads Settings and Control your content).
Account Preferences – Set language, accessibility, and other settings that help you use Google (Language & Input Tools, Accessibility, Your Google Drive storage and Delete your account or services)
Security Checkup – Protect your account in just a few minutes by reviewing your security settings and activity.
Privacy Checkup – A quick checkup to review important privacy settings and adjust them to your preference.
Find Your Phone – Whether you forgot where you left it or it was stolen, a few steps may help secure your phone or tablet.
My Activity – Discover and Control the data that’s created when you use Google Services.
SOURCE: Google – My Account