Tag Archives: Security

Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked

25 Sep

Last week Alaskan Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account was deliberately hacked. The offender’s took screenshots of her email inbox and posted them for the world to see. Besides the fact a government official shouldn’t be using a free public email service to hold classified federal documents, a normal consumer can take precautions so it doesn’t happen to you.

How did the hackers get into Governor Palin’s Yahoo email? Yahoo asks a series of security questions to reset your password. These security questions you can choose, however most of them are generic such as, “What city were you born in?”. The answers to all the security questions could be discovered with a simple Google search. Thus, you must pay attention to your email security settings.

Tips to improve email security:

  • Pick security questions only you know the answers too
  • Don’t use the same password on every website you visit
  • Use a free password keeper to remember all your passwords

Do you have any tips to keep your passwords safe?

Read story –
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7624809.stm

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Protect Your Laptop With LoJack

23 Oct

You’ve probably heard of LoJack as a technology for protecting your car, but when I recently purchased a new laptop from Dell, I decided to protect it with LoJack.

Available from Dell as part of their warranty package, you can also buy the software separately. As far as I can tell, it installs itself and sits stealthily deep inside your computer’s operating system, and makes contact with the LoJack server from time to time. If you report the device stolen (you register the software and the laptop with LoJack), they can send out signals across the internet to the program, who will report everything it can about where it is, and hopefully lead to recovery.

It’s worth looking into.

LoJack for Laptops.

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Laptop Security

21 Feb

More and more of us are trading in our desktops for laptops because they are inexpensive, portable and just more versatile. Everyone is working on them out in the open, which makes it that much easier for someone to it pickup and walk away with it. Stop your laptop from being stolen by protecting yourself with these simple tips.

1) Buy a lock.
There is a Universal Security Slot (USS) on the back of your computer that you can attach a cable and lock to it. Tie the cable around tie or a post. This is similar locking your bike up so the thief has to either cut it or unlock to take it.

2) Be aware of your surroundings.
Thieves work in pairs and create distractions behind you so they can take your computer in front of you.

3) Put your name on your laptop by engraving it, writing on the inside panel or hidden compartment with a permanent marker, or get asset tags from most print shops. These stickers aren’t that easy to remove.

4) Get a unique case, don’t use the standard case.
Try disguising your laptop in a backpack or another bag. Don’t use a bag with a big logo on it like Dell or HP.

5) Register your laptop and software.
If you register your computer and software online the moment you get it. If the thief one day attempts to upgrade it or get it serviced, you might get it back

Let us know if you have any other great tips to keep your laptop safe from thieves!

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Spies Like Us

13 Feb

Does your child know what he or she wants to do when they grow up? Astronaut? Police Officer? Teacher?

Codebreaker?

Yes, the National Security Agency, a government organization that originally “didn’t exist” to crack codes and ciphers is looking to your children.

Someday, the current generation of spies and analysts will need to be replaced, so the NSA has put together a site to appeal to kids.

Characters such as Crypto-Cat™ and Decipher Dog™ will show you and your children how much fun it is to figure out puzzles, crack codes, and keep our nation safe.

http://www.nsa.gov/kids

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Digital Medical Tango

22 Sep

How private is your medical history? I was recently visiting a friend in a local hospital and I discovered the hospital had just switched that day completely from paper medical records to digital records. They no longer will be using “paper” in their day-to-day operations. I noticed a group of doctors all standing around a computer in the hallway. I later found out that they were supposed to read the digital files on the computer in the patient’s room, but they didn’t want to because they usually read the files before they entered the room. This then lead all of the doctors crowding around the nurses’ computer in the hallway to read them before they entered the room. This incredible inadequacy of technology then created long delays for everyone.

What else will the medical switch to digital bring us? Besides the adjustment period for the medical staff, you as a patient should be concerned about the privacy of your information. One of the nurses proclaimed to me that with your medical history being digital your information will be easy to find on the net. She even stated that recently they opened up a site where you as a patient can log on and see your records and patient status. As we know from the Itsy Bitsy Spider article, any information that is put out on the net eventually we be discovered by search engines. Should we be concerned about your medical history being picked up even though it is being stated as being on a secure network?

I did have one sigh of relief when I recently went in for a check-up at my family doctor. He stated that they had just switched over to digital medical records but were transferring medical digital records the old fashioned way. They weren’t sending private records via email. This physician was burning the information to CDROM and then couriering them to other medical facilities. One of the staff members stated that they felt medical information is very private and this one step they were taking to keep it that way.

Medical facilities are finally getting on the digital bandwagon. On one hand going digital brings great convenience, however on the other hand it brings great responsibility. Let’s hope that medical facilities will take the right steps to protect patient’s rights.

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