HOW TO: 5 Tips & Tricks for Stronger Passwords…

Last week, we talked about how tens of thousands of webmail accounts were compromised and wrote another post with 7 tips to protect yourself from phishing. In this post, we will focus on some tips and steps that will help with managing and strengthening passwords.

Strengthening Passwords

May I help myself in?

May I help myself in?

Security professionals build many layer of security to protect a system from being compromised, yet the one problematic area that remains to represent the weakest point is the users’ passwords.

Users tend to be bogged down by how many passwords they need to manage. Hence, they tend to rely on simple passwords, that they often write down in accessible places. They also tend to use the same password for every kind of account!

A worker usually has to use 6.5 different passwords each of which is used for four different accounts/sites. Trying to keep all those accounts up to date and having a strong password for each one of them is a tough task. We’re not going to discuss the obvious: at least 8 characters long, use alphanumeric, lower-case & upper-case password with special characters, but we’ll make having such a password easier to remember.

In order for you not to be the weakest link in computer security, and to better live up to that task, we provide you with the following tips.

Tip 1 Speak English Very Best!

English words can be broken by dictionary attacks, where they use words from the dictionary to attempt to match them to the password. This attack is more efficient that brute force attacks, which attempt every possible alphanumeric (and special characters) combination. So using “proper” English words in the password will make it easier for your password to be compromised by this type of attack.

To counter this simply substitute some English letters with symbols and numbers. A “3” for an “E”, and “$” for an “S” and so on. Don’t stop there: misspell words, take out vowels from them or even reverse the word. These are simple methods to keep the password memorable and to further strengthen it against such attacks.

Top 10 Tips to Get Rid of Your Social Media Addiction!

I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some bline, random disaster, or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He’s taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of death from being a total surprise.” Chuck Palahnuik

Social Media Addiction!

Social Media Addiction!

Whether or not we choose to admit it, each of us has, or at least is prone to having, a certain addiction at some point in time or another and for a specific substance, object, concept and so on. Recently though, the hot topic which everybody seems to be talking about is the sibling of Internet addiction; the one and only: social media addiction!

Yes, I know what you are thinking now: “Social media addiction is overrated.” Some might even say: “It is a joke!“. I have to brutally disagree! Just as any other addiction has the power to eventually end up disturbing and disrupting your lifestyle, social media is capable of causing the same damage!

Quick therapy is key to effective recovery!

Previously, I wrote a couple of articles discussing the negative outcomes of social media addiction and stating the effects of social media on our overall mental health. Back then, I was simply stating the problems and the consequences that I observed through my humble experience with social media. However, the goal of this post is to give you the top 10 pointers and tips on how to cure yourself, with the help of others, from your social media addiction.

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