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Have a Backup for Two-Factor Authentication

Backup for Two Factor Authentication

Security for your accounts has become more advanced as hackers have become more creative. Unfortunately, with each new advancement comes new problems. Two-factor authentication is a security feature that most accounts give you the option for. It’s a combination of something you know (a password or passcode), and usually a secondary device that you have (typically your smartphone.) What happens when you lose your phone? You need to have a backup for two-factor authentication. Why You Need a Backup for Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) A perfect example of why you need a backup for two-factor authentication would be losing your smart…

Tips on How to Boost your Password Security

boost your password security

Need to Boost Your Password Security? We use passwords for almost everything. From our phones, emails, and even our social media accounts, passwords are important to protect your privacy and identity. While some accounts such as those that have our personal and financial information may be a higher priority to keep your personal information safe and secure, there are certain ways you can improve password security on all your types of accounts. Create passwords that are unique and long. Try creating and using passwords that are at least 8 characters long, and feature numbers, capital letters or symbols. You should…

VPNFilter Malware Attack – Take These Steps RIGHT NOW

The latest malware attack is after your router; the box used to connect your home or office to the internet. It’s called VPNFilter, and even the FBI is requesting your help in stopping the spread. It’s estimated that nearly half a million routers have been affected. What is Malware? Malware, such as VPNFilter, is malicious software intended to disable, damage, control or infiltrate a computer, computer component and sometimes entire networks. The latest VPNFilter malware targets your internet router, collects communication information, and gives hackers a significant amount of control to anything connected to your internet router. Is My Router…

Do These Simple Things to Enhance Your Mobile Device Security

mobile device security

Our cell phones are some of our most important electronic devices because we use them daily to check our messages, emails, financial accounts, and stay connected to our family and friends. A mobile phone usually contains a high volume of personal data and  information ranging from photos and videos to access to our banks and financial information. It’s important you take mobile device security precautions to protect this information. Most accounts with enhanced security system often use a two-factor authentication system, meaning they call or text you a security code that they then use to verify your identity. Because of this, it…

My Internet Browser Uses a Lot of RAM

Internet Browser Uses a Lot of RAM

You may have noticed that your internet browser uses a lot of RAM; possibly more than many of the desktop programs you might use. This is most certainly true if you use the newest versions of Chrome and Firefox. But is it really a bad thing that your internet browser uses a lot of RAM? First you have to understand how RAM works. How Does RAM Work? It’s usually a good thing when your computer utilizes RAM. RAM works like a quick reference for recently used information, using it as a quick access to the programs and information you use…

KRACK Attack – WiFi Vulnerability

Krack Vulnerability

The latest in technology security threats comes in the form of KRACK Attack, which stands for Key Reinstallation Attacks. The KRACK Attack vulnerability affects nearly all WPA and modern WPA2 WiFi protocols. What is the KRACK Attack Vulnerability? The KRACK vulnerability takes advantage of what’s called the “4-Way Handshake.” When someone tries connect to a network, the 4-Way Handshake negotiates a fresh encryption key. This key will attempt to install on the third step of the 4-Way Handshake protocol, which is when a potential hacker comes in and tries to manipulate the key. How Do You Protect Your WiFi Devices?…

Protect Your Privacy – Are Browser Extensions Safe?

Are Browser Extensions Safe

Browser extensions are meant to make internet browsing easier and personalized, but are browser extensions safe? It depends. There are some potentially dangerous implications to consider when installing browser extensions. Extensions Can Be Hijacked – Extensions are vulnerable to hacking. Unseasoned Web Developers may also be unintentionally putting your computer at risk with sloppy code that’s easily hacked, even if the extension’s purpose was not originally malicious. It’s best practice to stay away from browser extensions from non-reputable Web Developers because they are the most vulnerable to being hacked. Extensions Can Be Sold – Let’s say a developer creates an…

I’m Careful Online – Do I Need an Antivirus?

Do I need an antivirus

There are certain habits when using the internet and opening email which can make you significantly more vulnerable to viruses and malware. If you avoid these kinds of risky behaviors, you may be wondering, “Do I need an antivirus?” The answer is yes, you do need an antivirus. Just because you don’t click on strange links, visit sketchy websites, or activate lots of plugins, doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk. Even fully patched, reputable internet browsers can be vulnerable to malware. Security flaws are found all the time and patched once they are found, but this means that there’s always…

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication

It’s no longer enough to just have secure passwords or a password vault to protect your online accounts. Now days, two factor authentication is implemented on just about every major platform, but you might be wondering, “What is two factor authentication?” What is Two Factor Authentication (2FA)? Two factor authentication requires an account holder to verify their identity by entering two pieces of information instead of one to login to their account. For example, to login to your email, you may be required to enter your password and then also enter a code that was sent via SMS to your…

What is the Safest Internet Browser?

Safest Internet Browser

When it comes to browsing the internet, safety is a concern for protecting your computer. You may have wondered, what is the safest internet browser? Let’s take a closer look. NSS Labs Study – Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox An independent study by NSS Labs has been used to tout that Microsoft Edge is the leader for internet browsing safety when it comes to socially engineered malware (SEM). While all three browsers use a method to check web pages and applications against a list of known threats and warn users of potential threats, this study suggests that Microsoft Edge…