Security Essentials for Back to School

Now that most schools and universities are back in session, it’s likely you’re seeing new and different communications coming through your email. If you’re a parent, you may be seeing emails from your child’s teachers. If you’re a student, you may be asked to sign up for class notifications or school emails. And if you’re a teacher, you’ll likely be getting emails

Bitly Security Compromise – Update Your Information Now

Add popular URL shortening service Bitly to the list of security issues that have popped up lately. Today, on their company blog, Bitly CEO Mark Josephson outlined that they have “reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised; specifically, users’ email addresses, encrypted passwords, API keys and Oauth tokens.” (emphasis Josephson’s). There hasn’t been evidence that accounts have been accessed, but

Heartbleed’s Impact: How Does It Affect You?

Now that the Heartbleed security flaw has had its day in the news cycle’s fickle sun, one question remains: have you taken steps to make sure that your accounts and passwords are properly secured? Even though the news outlets have let Heartbleed slip from lead story to back page, it doesn’t mean that it’s no longer a threat. Thousands of Internet users

Password Managers – Making Sense of Too Many Logins

Quick: name all of your online accounts that require your input of a username and password. Are there more than five? More than ten? Twenty? It might surprise you to learn that the average Internet user has 26 online accounts, and yet uses an average of five passwords amongst all of them. For individuals between the ages of 25-34, the number of

Passwords: the Strong, the Weak, and the Repeated

If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who has had an online account hacked, you know that the fallout from such an event can range from the merely uncomfortable to all-out disastrous.  Hackers can gain entry into online accounts in any number of ways, but by far the most common is the password hack.  Password hacks most often are the result of

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