Pity the poor forgotten router. You have one in your house or your business. It’s your closest approach to the Internet. The router is the first line of defense that you trust to keep your computers safe. If they do their job, routers do not call attention to themselves and they’re easily overlooked, but they’re crucial to your Internet connection and your security. […] continuedRead more
What happens to your passwords after you die?
We’re living in the password era. Our passwords unlock important parts of our lives that would have to be addressed if a disaster happens – access to family financial records, bill paying, shopping, online services, email, and so much more.Read more
LastPass announced this week that it is now free to use on all your devices, including computers, phones and tablets. Here’s the LastPass announcement. If you’re a LastPass user, you can install the LastPass app on your phone or iPad now. If you’re not using LastPass yet, there are no excuses: it’s time to take control of your passwords. […] continuedRead more
Yahoo is in free fall. It is negotiating a sale of its Internet business to Verizon but that sale is in jeopardy, likely at least to be renegotiated to lower the price by one or two billion dollars and perhaps on the verge of collapse into acrimony and lawsuits. In that case, Yahoo is effectively dead – oh, it will continue to exist in some diminished form but its decline will be quick and ugly. […] continuedRead more
It’s not your imagination: robocalls are on the increase. The volume of robocalls has risen sharply in 2016. Complaints are up. The government and big companies are taking new steps to try to rein in the scammers and perhaps tame the “legitimate” telemarketers. It may be a losing battle, because the scammers and nuisance telemarketers are leveraging new technology and taking advantage of decreasing costs of doing business. […] continuedRead more
If you have any illusion that privacy means anything, forget it. If you are targeted for surveillance, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Every keystroke on your computer will be logged. Everything you do on a phone – every message, every call, everything – will be intercepted. There are no tricks that will be sufficient to let you hide. […] continuedRead more
Virus emails from the bad guys have been steadily getting more sophisticated and harder to spot, but careful proofreaders have almost always been able to find errors in spelling and grammar that give them away. “Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit may can not to receive email until you Upgrade. […] continuedRead more
When you hover over a link in Outlook or a web browser, a small window pops up to show you where the link really goes. If the real link doesn’t match the sender or doesn’t match what you expect, assume it is poisoned and don’t click it.
This is a basic security requirement for using a PC. […] continuedRead more
Windows Defender is the built in antivirus program included free with Windows 10. It provides all the security that you need, quietly and efficiently. The combination of Windows Defender and all the security improvements in Windows over the last ten years means that you don’t need an antivirus program from Norton, Avast or the rest; they’re noisy and cause problems and don’t provide any important additional protection. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 allows you to log in with a PIN instead of a password. In fact, you’re required to set up a PIN before you can set up Windows Hello to log in with a fingerprint or facial recognition.
A PIN is four or more numbers, exactly like the PIN for your debit card. […] continuedRead more
We’re drowning in passwords.
Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continuedRead more
TeamViewer is in the news this week because of a nasty ongoing security problem. It might not be TeamViewer’s fault, and with luck it won’t affect any of you, my loyal and much-loved readers. But the story illustrates an important basic security principle: Don’t re-use the same password over and over. […] continuedRead more
Everything is simple once you know how to do it.
Here’s a setting that’s been moved to a different place in Windows 10. It’s not necessary to check this setting or change it very often but it drove me crazy that I couldn’t figure out how to make this change easily. […] continuedRead more
Let’s set up a system that will help you track your credit cards. It will make life easier if a card has to be replaced – and these days, cards are being replaced all the time after they’re lost or stolen or hacked or just arbitrarily replaced by banks that hate us. […] continuedRead more