Before you get mad at me for the lazy reference, just know I’ve been called lazy too. Lazy people try to find systems so they don’t have to do mundane stuff. This article is a remake of one I did over a decade ago about predictability and passwords. However, the password strategy I outlined years ago is no longer recommended.
I know we’re sick of security warnings, myself included. But have you ever thought of your printer as a security threat? A recent article by Tenable, a network security firm, referenced some unexpected issues with a line of Hewlett-Packard (HP) printers including the default settings. Regardless of your brand, I would be inclined to check your printer settings. The reason is that automatic updates may not be enabled.
We’re living in an interconnected world which offers a lot of conveniences. We can use Google, Facebook, OAuth to connect us to online services and apps. The downside is that there are more “bad actors” trying to trick us and gain access to our info.
Recently, I met a friend who looked stressed. He returned home from work only to find out that someone had broken into his online accounts. Naturally, he was concerned about the data, but also the amount of time it would take to fix the problem. I told him an easy way to reduce the risk of account breaches is to use something called “two factor authentication” or 2FA. But, it has some issues if you’re not careful.
Fake virus alerts that appear in your web browser appear to be on the rise. The objective of these alerts is to have you buy a service you don’t need. There are ways you can spot these annoyances and get rid of them.
This is an example of going on a wild ride as a result of misspelling a domain. Instead of getting the desired site, I got a security warning. And if I tried to repeat the scenario, I got a totally different site.
There’s little question that a big drain on productivity is worry. Many of us tend to worry about things that are out of our control. One item that I think too many people worry about is browser cookies. Browser cookies are neither good nor bad. If you were to remove all cookies, you’d probably find your internet experiences to be less enjoyable.
There aren’t too many things that upset me. One item that does is people who put personal data on their USB drives without password protection. They are just waiting for a disaster as sooner or later that thumb drive will vanish. The question is who will get the data next?