Articles tagged: account security

Password

Tip of the Day: Make Your Passwords Longer

Brute Force

How Can a Hacker Try All Possible Passwords If Systems Block the Login Attempts?

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.

Extracting a Password

How Do I Hack Someone’s Account?

Hacking into someone’s account is often seen as an answer to some problem. In reality, all it does is open a can of worms and put you at risk.

Recovery Code

Recover Your Microsoft Account Later by Setting Up a Recovery Code NOW

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.

The Death of the Security Question

The Death of the Security Question

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.

What's on that laptop?

How Do I Give Someone a Laptop Without Including Access to My Accounts?

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.

I Spy

Can my school see my emails and messages?

There are numerous people and programs that can track your internet activities… if you are really that interesting.

Hacked!

How can big services still have security breaches?

When you think about the complexity of today’s systems it’s kind of amazing, really, that we don’t have more breaches!

Giving a Thief Your Password?

How Do I Find Out Who’s Trying to Change My Password?

If your account has not actually been hacked, there’s little you 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.

Google

How Long Does Google Keep My Account Information?

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.

A Cloud (not THE cloud)

Does My Information Get Deleted from the Cloud If I Delete the Associated Software?

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.

Hacked!

Would changing user names result in additional security?

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.

LastPass – Securely Keep Track of Multiple Passwords on Multiple Devices

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.