Articles in Category: Security
Google will use your mobile phone number for verification if you lose access to your account. Some people don’t want to provide that information to Google.
With occasional security breaches at service providers and rampant email account theft, password security has never been more important. Make sure you choose and use secure passwords.
Detecting and filling in sign-in forms is a password vault’s most basic feature. I’ll look at how that works, and what to do when it fails.
Over the years, your choices when it comes to anti-malware tools have become simpler, yet frustratingly imprecise.
Security questions are a cornerstone of much internet security. I’ll look at what they are, how they fail, why you should avoid them, and what to do if you can’t.
The results are in for last year’s most common passwords. The implications are depressing, but important.
Two-factor authentication is a great way to keep your accounts secure from hackers – even those who manage to get your password.
There are now additional protections for your data if your machine becomes infected with a form of malware known as ransomware.
Your ISP controls your internet connection, and it’s easy for them to monitor the data you send and receive. The question is, why would anyone monitor your internet?
When using a shared computer, it’s too easy for others to see your data or history. If you must use a shared computer, you need to protect yourself.
Several current scams center around gaining remote access to your computer, often in the guise of fixing problems. There’s no way to know what was done, but we do know one thing: it’s a trap!
You can bank online safely, as long as you know what to look for and what steps to take.
Avoid ransomware the same way you avoid any malware. A full backup will save you not only from ransomware, but from a host of other problems as well.
Even though digital communications are generally safer than their old analog counterparts, many people still mistrust them.
Your school (or whoever provides your internet connection) can see what you’re connecting to. Do they? There’s no way to know.
Domain names are simple in concept, yet can be constructed in ways that might fool you. I’ll look at some examples, and discuss what’s important.
The TrueCrypt project was suddenly and without warning shut down. I’ll look at a little of the history and what you should use instead.
Casually installing one download may result in several other things being installed as well. I’ll review the steps to remove these pesky, problematic, painful, Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs.
Malware is just software. It doesn’t destroy your computer’s hardware in any way. Some work — albeit significant work — will get you back up and running without needing to destroy anything.
Media hype makes it seem like the bad guys are winning. They’re always in the lead – but don’t believe the hype.
It seems like even the most up-to-date anti-malware package isn’t always enough. It’s frustrating, because you’d think it would be.
After a hack or malware infection, you’ll want to know you’ve cleaned up the resulting mess. The news is not good.
Your mobile provider is indeed your ISP when you use their data services, and that means they can see a lot of your activity.
Trying to recover the existing password for an online account is usually an exercise in frustration. There’s one possible straw to grasp at.
An up-to-date web browser is important, but it’s not the whole picture, by far.
If your password is used to encrypt your hard disk, how can you change your password and still be able to decrypt your disk?
Trying to remove malware? I’ll walk you through the steps and options, from simple to hard, including the only approach that’s guaranteed to work.
Checking whether a download is safe before you download it is nearly impossible. Your best defense is your own skepticism plus anti-malware tools to check what you choose to download.
Password are here to stay, at least for a while longer. Until they die, here’s quick review of how to make sure yours are as secure as possible.
While it’s not typically easy, your internet traffic can be monitored at or near your router. I’ll look at how this might be done.
Changing your password is a common response to account hacks. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough.
You should be able to remove any toolbars or browser settings that have been added to your computer.
I have recommendations for specific security software and techniques in various places on the site. Here’s a short summary.
If you discover that your email address is part of a breach, you probably do not need to change it. But there are steps to take to protect yourself.
Password Checkup is a browser extension that tells you if the password you’re using has been discovered by hackers.
Headlines are proclaiming that two-factor authentication has been hacked. That in no way means you shouldn’t use it. Your account is still much safer with two-factor enabled.
It’s extremely difficult for an average user to tell if a hack is in progress. I’ll touch on a few approaches, and discuss why prevention is best.
Another scare about two-factor authentication perhaps being hackable? DO NOT let that stop you from using it.
Overseer.exe can be left behind after an uninstall of Avast Free Anti-virus. Deleting it is a two-step process.
Another week, another breach. What steps should you take in the wake of the latest large-scale data breach?
Here are the steps you need to take to prevent losing your account — forever — to a hacker.
I see people lose access to their important accounts all the time. Most frustrating is that it’s often their own fault that they can’t regain access.
If no preparations have been made beforehand, accessing the machine of a deceased loved one can be anywhere from easy to impossible.
There’s a lot of garbage on the internet, and it’s difficult to prevent your children from seeing it. There are tools to help and steps to take.
As much as you might wish it otherwise, it’s just not practical to try and hide your computer activity from your employer.
Headlines to the contrary, it’s BitLocker to the rescue to protect yourself from some vulnerabilities discovered in drives providing hardware-based encryption.
If you’re not around to unlock all the digital data you take such care to secure, who will be able to access it, and how?
Password vaults are good at keeping track of passwords, but not answers to security questions. There is a technique you can use to help.
Given how much we’ve come to rely on them, are you prepared to lose your mobile device?
Many online cloud storage providers encrypt your data — which means they can decrypt it themselves. BoxCryptor is a great solution to ensure that your online data remains private, regardless of how it’s stored.