Articles tagged: account security
These are oversimplifications of many variations on the same basic question. People want to hack into other people’s accounts, or even their own, for a variety of reasons. Some sound perfectly legitimate. Others, not so much. And others are just blatant attempts at theft, harassment, or revenge. What’s really scary is that I get these requests … Read more
It’s for your own protection, and the result of fascinating mathematical wizardry. And if they can tell you your password? They’re doing security wrong.
If your account has not actually been hacked, there’s little anyone can do to find out who’s trying to log in as you. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself from would-be hackers and phishing scams.
Some hackers just go for the low-hanging fruit and try the most common passwords, and there is one scenario where brute force works very well.
A recovery code created in advance can help you avoid losing access to your Microsoft account. I’ll show you how to create a recovery code.
Security questions, as a way of verifying your identity, are falling out of favor. I’ll review why, and what you should do as a result.
It’s not easy to give someone a laptop without giving them access to your personal accounts. Depending on intent and trust, there are steps you can take.
There are numerous people and programs that can track your internet activities… if you are really that interesting.
When you think about the complexity of today’s systems it’s kind of amazing, really, that we don’t have more breaches!
Once you delete your account, your information will be gone… but there may be backups. Ultimately, anything online or shared is completely out of your hands.
Make sure you understand how any software you use keeps personal data in the cloud and the steps necessary to delete, or secure, that data.
Common wisdom is that you should change passwords periodically; so should you change user names too? My take: common wisdom is wrong from the start.
One of the problems with current online safety advice is keeping track of multiple different secure passwords. LastPass not only does that, but does it across multiple devices and very securely.