Articles tagged: passwords
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.
Google Chrome can save your and display your passwords. That’s convenient, but is it secure?
Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. How to get your account back varies based on just what was stolen. I’ll review different scenarios.
Using different passwords on different sites is not only good practice; it’s necessary to keep your accounts safe. I’ll review why, and how best to handle a plethora of passwords.
Changing passwords periodically is conventional wisdom. I disagree, and then discuss whether periodic password change can even happen reliably.
A scam claims your email account has been hacked, possibly even including a password you’ve used. Don’t be fooled.
“Invalid password” messages frustrate a lot of people, particularly when they’re certain they’ve typed in the right thing. I’ll review how what you enter might still be invalid.
We are all under constant attack. I’ll show you how to look at your Outlook.com recent activity and review why it might be full of failed login attempts.
Using a different password for every login is an important part of overall security — and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Regardless of your initial thoughts, every account is important, and you and I are all targets.
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.
You can bank online safely, as long as you know what to look for and what steps to take.
Trying to recover the existing password for an online account is usually an exercise in frustration. There’s one possible straw to grasp at.
Password Checkup is a browser extension that tells you if the password you’re using has been discovered by hackers.
Here are the steps you need to take to prevent losing your account — forever — to a hacker.
On the surface, signing into Windows using a PIN feels less secure than a traditional password. It’s possible it’s more secure.
It’s not necessarily obvious where Google/Gmail hides the “Change Password” functionality. I’ll walk you through it.
Web browsers aren’t necessarily the most secure approach to saving your login passwords. I’ll show you how to disable the feature and clear out any previously remembered passwords in IE, Firefox and Chrome.
Letting your web browser save your passwords for you seems like a helpful convenience, particularly when common advice is to use different passwords everywhere. That convenience does come with risks.
Heartbleed: what it is, what it isn’t, why it’s important, and of course what you need to do.
Remember, the goal is to keep malware off your computer, not to try and manage it once it’s watching you. But there is another security hazard you may not be thinking about.
As 2013 draws to a close, I review which articles on Ask Leo! were the most popular and briefly discuss what trends that I feel they reveal.
Long passwords are your top-line of defense in internet security. Don’t let any trends steer you in the other direction.
Macrium will run just fine as long as your computer is still turned on. Other automatic programs may have trouble, depending on their configuration.
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.