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08Oct2019

Password123 and Other Common-Sense Anomalies

We continue to be amazed at the utter lack of common sense some people have when choosing strong passwords. Even if you satisfy all the algorithms for an allegedly strong password (upper- and lower-case letters, numerals and special characters), you may leave hints that make all too easy to crack it. Here are some factors
  • 8 Oct, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • dashlane, gps, online security, password managers, strong passwords,
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09Apr2019

Rule Your Email

We recently had to help a client resolve a rules-based email hack. It seems that hackers were able to change the rules in the email system to forward email to their own site and respond – and they could activate or deactivate the rule at will. The problem showed up when our client’s clients were
  • 9 Apr, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • data secutiry, email hack, email rules, online safety, strong passwords,
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12Mar2019

Password Problems Revisited

To take our discussion of vanishing passwords one step farther, some recent service calls for clients who’ve been hacked – some multiple times – have provided still more reasons to move on to newer technologies. We are getting numerous calls from clients to help them set up Dashlane, including one client who has been hacked
  • 12 Mar, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • biometrics, data security, Network Security, password manager, strong passwords,
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12Feb2019

Generated Passwords Resolve Two Issues

During the recent holidays, I decided to get around to that one project I’d been meaning to do: change all my passwords. I have 241 unique passwords, and even though my password manager at the time gave them strong scores, I just wasn’t happy with the whole situation. So, I dived into a project for
  • 12 Feb, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 1password, dashlane, lastpass, passphrase, password manager, random password, strong passwords,
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13Nov2018

Using Alternatives to Passwords

We have harped…and harped ad infinitum…about having strong passwords simply because those strings of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters offered the best chances of staying ahead of the hackers. But we’ve always reminded you that something better is needed because the bad guys have a vested interest in developing better systems to
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure AD Conditional Access, biometrics, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, hardware tokens, MFA, Microsoft, multi-factor authentication, one-time codes, online safety, password-less, risk management, strong passwords,
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11Sep2018

Password Agony; No Ecstasy

Passwords are a total pain. Upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters in one password are likely unbreakable over the course of a lifetime. But just to be safe, you’re required to change them periodically – without repeating one you’ve previously used for a website. And if you go to extremes, well, it is
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, online safety, privacy, risk management, security, spoofing, strong passwords,
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13Feb2018

Tax Season: The Next Scam Season

I don’t know whether more money changes hands during the holiday shopping season or during tax season, but a lot is at stake between now and April 17 as people prepare tax returns. It’s a busy time of year for scammers, most of whom want to use fraudulent information to get your tax return money.
  • 13 Feb, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • back taxes, chbersecurity, cybercrime, data breach, data security, email scams, equifax, fraud, irs, online security, phishing, phone scam, risk management, scams, spoofing, strong passwords, tax season,
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14Nov2017

Are You Printing Invitations to Your System?

Printers have been fingered as the weak link in many business and home networks. Most small businesses and home users tend to run their printers into the ground, and the longer they hang around without the latest firmware updates, the more vulnerable they are to a cyber-attack. You can stop printing invitations to intruders –
  • 14 Nov, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybersecurity, data security, online safety, risk management, security, strong passwords,
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10Oct2017

Here’s Lookin’ at Your Password

Passwords are just as painful for companies that require them as they are for you. And, they’re expensive as well as subject to theft. What are we looking at in the near future? The eyes have it. Microsoft and Apple are moving ahead with facial recognition to replace passwords. The technology is getting better and
  • 10 Oct, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • data security, online safety, risk management, strong passwords,
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11Jul2017

Passwords Becoming Passé

I’m as tired as anyone else when it comes to remembering dozens of arcane passwords for all the websites I need to access. Current and future technology will be able to provide relief and stronger protection. Here’s the lowdown on locking down. If we’ve learned anything at all from the monthly ransomware reports, electronic “locks”
  • 11 Jul, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • credit cards, cybersecurity, data security, privacy, risk management, security, strong passwords,
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