Of all the things I have to remember…my passwords are the most important and the first to go right out of my head. Before I found password management software, I spent a great deal of time trying to create good passwords, and then I tried my best to remember them.
Facebook is always changing, whether we like it or not. As we all make the change over to the new Timeline kicking and screaming, this is a great time to go through your privacy settings and make adjustments as needed.
It’s not the most exciting holiday I can think of to celebrate, but the intentions are certainly good. February 1 is set aside so we have another opportunity to stress how very important it is to keep your passwords long and strong and frequently changed up.
Some couples in love share everything — from food off each other’s plates to toothbrushes (ugh), and apparently even their passwords. A friend of mine just ended a relationship that had a disastrous event that could have easily been prevented. His ex logged into his Facebook account and posted all sorts of nasty things — posing as him.
Years ago, someone stole my identity. I had just gotten married, and suddenly my credit report was completely crazy, with new car purchases, new credit cards, you name it. Insult to injury was the fact that my thieves had unfortunate taste: they preferred shopping at K-Mart and bought used cars. Fortunately for me, the people who did it were eventually caught. The officer handling the case called me at work …
When my friend’s older son started middle school last year, she immediately got him his own cell phone. All of us elementary school parents quickly took sides on whether or not this was a good move. Was he too young? Could he be trusted? Would he run up a ginormous bill or be sexting with cute girls at his new school?
Facebook gets such a bad reputation for privacy and security issues because they implement new features without gaining permission from users, rather than giving us a chance to decide if a new feature is something we’re interested in.
Going on vacation? While some people unplug and get away from it all, many of us still want to stay connected and bring along our laptops, smartphones, and anything else we can think of. Wi-Fi makes it easy to send and receive data from anywhere you can access it, and it’s easier than ever to find Wi-Fi to use while traveling. However, public Wi-Fi isn’t secure and hackers can easily get to your personal information and data if you are not careful.
Over and over I get asked “how did malware get on my computer?” There used to be a stigma that all malware came from adult content websites. If you had malware on your computer, chances were pretty good that you were looking at adult content.