Articles in Category: Security
Leaving your computer on 24 hours a day rarely increases risk significantly, as long as you follow a couple of simple guidelines.
Password vaults are sometimes unable to auto-fill fields. There are several ways to work around this.
If you’ve lost your password, there may be recovery steps. If you’ve also lost your email address, recovery becomes significantly more difficult.
My phoned died, and with it, all the two-factor authentication methods I’d used it for. Here’s how I recovered.
Another week, another breach. What steps should you take in the wake of the latest large-scale data breach?
One of the challenges with current online safety advice is keeping track of multiple different secure passwords. LastPass not only does that, but does it securely across multiple devices.
If you’ve been told to change your password, do so, but do so in the right way. I’ll explain what that means and why it’s important.
If your device is not physically secure, neither the machine nor your data is.
There are forms of malicious software that attempt to travel from machine to machine on your local network. There’s good news, though.
Even with all the right things in place, stuff happens. I’ll review the additional steps you can take to protect yourself.
The Google Account Recovery process may be able to help you get your account back. Maybe.
Any software company with ties outside the U.S. comes under scrutiny. Should you be worried?
Tracing the privacy and security of the path from your fingertips through the services you use to your information’s final destination.
Scanning your nuclear power station’s Windows computers for malware can present some challenges if the machines have been secured properly.
Every day, I’m asked to reset lost passwords, recover hacked accounts, or retrieve lost information in them. Here’s my answer.
All malware is scary, especially ransomware due to the damage it can inflict. Here’s how to avoid a repeat performance.
VPNs protect from certain types of surveillance and more. I’ll discuss what they’re good for and what to consider when selecting one.
There is no such thing as absolute safety. But there are definitely steps you can take to be as safe as possible.
When things behave unexpectedly, many people assume their computer has been compromised by remote hackers. Many of those people are wrong.
Your Windows log-in password gets you surprisingly little real security. I’ll look at why that is, why you might still want one, and what I do instead.
Regardless of your initial thoughts, every account is important, and we are all targets.
A full scan scans things a more common “quick scan” bypasses. Here’s how to run one using Windows Security.
For some reason, many people’s gut reaction to a malware infestation is to consider getting a new computer. That’s unnecessary.
Another day, another report of hackers exploiting vulnerabilities. Here’s how you stay safe.
A password tool may bypass a few keyloggers, but not all. Think about your overall computer and account safety first.
Online harassment is common problem, and prevalent among children. I’ll review some of the issues and steps to be taken.
Passwordless authentication removes the need for a password and replaces it with something else. But can that be secure?
There just isn’t a best. Knowing that will (hopefully) lead you in a safer direction.
As few as three random words make better passwords than strings of random characters — but not, perhaps, for the reasons you think.
Password vaults are a common recommendation by security professionals to improve your online security. Why do so many resist?
Another day, another breach. What should you do if you’re involved?
Erasing your hard drive before you give it away is important. Exactly how thorough an erase you need depends on your data and level of paranoia.
A high-level overview of how websites and services should store passwords security, so next time there’s a breach you’ll know what to look for.
BitLocker might be turned on without your knowledge. That’s fine, but make sure you have the recovery keys stored somewhere should you ever need them.
If no preparations have been made beforehand, accessing the machine of a deceased loved one can be anywhere from easy to impossible.
While travelling, I signed in to my LastPass account only to be told I needed to confirm an email message that never arrived — or so I thought.
Two-factor authentication is different than passwords, but they both share important recovery steps if there’s a problem.
Once your machine is infected, system backups are likely to include the infection, but are still important. I’ll look at what steps to take.
Hacking a turned-off computer requires a few mistakes on your part. It’s unlikely, but possible.
Desperation can lead you to consider hiring so-called “legit”, “ethical”, or “white-hat” hackers to regain control of a your account. Don’t do it.
Hack or hacking can mean several different things — both good and bad — depending on the context. I’ll review the most common definitions.
It’s absolutely critical you learn to recognize the difference between advertisements and actual search results.
Six practical approaches to generating passwords, ranked from best to worst.
There are a number of ways to confirm your identity if you don’t have your phone. The catch is that most have to be set up before you need them.
It’s impossible to know your machine has no malware. What does that mean for your safety?
Adobe Flash player is
dying dead and should be avoided. I’ll explain why you should be cautious if you think you still want it.
Browser extensions are often installed with little thought to the immense security risk they present.
Some malware goes to great lengths to prevent you from downloading, running, or applying a fix. I’ll tell you what steps to take.
Occasionally people suggest that usernames should be treated like passwords. While there’s some merit to the idea, it’s ultimately impractical.
Two-factor authentication is an important tool to keep accounts secure, but prepare for losing the second factor so you don’t lose your account.