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Things to Think About When Answering Password Recovery Questions

With so much personal information available online, it's important to pick answers to security questions that hackers can't easily guess. To combat the more simplistic nature of security questions, you might consider protecting yourself by providing random answers that cannot be researched or guessed. For example, instead of providing your mother's ­actual maiden name, you might provide the made-up name Aphrodite1234!, which resembles a password more so than a name. While this approach may defeat the purpose of simpler security questions, it allows for greater privacy and more security.

Pet’s Names Passwords – It Better Be a Good One!

Is your pet’s name your “usual” password online? If so, you are not alone - but in using your pet’s name or some variation of it, you may make it easier for hackers to access to your online accounts. To bring awareness to this issue, behavioral biometrics company, BehavioSec, teamed up with animal charity Bideawee to highlight five adoptable pets with hacker-proof names that are easy to remember, because as the cartoon of a man introducing his son to the new family puppy on the BehavioSec site points out “You can name her whatever you like, but be sure it is something you can remember. You’ll be using it as a security question answer for the rest of your life.” 

Fooling Your Phone’s Fingerprint Scanner

Fingerprinting has become a standard method of authenticating your identity, being that no two fingerprints are exactly alike. As it turns out, researchers at New York University and Michigan State University have recently found they are hardly foolproof. The team has developed a set of fake fingerprints that are digital composites of common features found in many people’s fingerprints. Through computer simulations, they were able to achieve matches 65 percent of the time, though they imagine the scheme might not be as successful in real life. Still, it is another link in the reasoning behind more two- step authentication methods for accessing information that many companies are promoting.

Things You Should Never Do Online

USA Today has released a list of 7 things you should never do online. Most of it comes down to common sense like checking sources of information, avoiding over-sharing, and not using the same password for every site, but if you are thinking about syncing your social media accounts so the same message goes out over multiple platforms, you might want to think again. You also may seriously want to get onboard the “two factor authentication” train.  Of course we all know we shouldn’t get into arguments on social media but it can be like a siren’s song. Learn to resist.

Storing Those Passwords

Stengthening passwords is a recurring theme in this blog and in the mainstream technology press. The problem with regularly changing your passwords to keep them strong is that it makes them hard to remember. Recently, several new and updated password storage apps have come out – free or otherwise inexpensive – with great features like updating passwords, built-in browsers, and the ability to store work and personal passwords separately. Ready to take the plunge or update what you are already using? Take a look at After You Strengthen Your Passwords, Here’s How to Store Them.

Teachers Are Getting Savvy About “Getting Around” Student Passwords

Using passwords to keep student data safe is important, but teachers are getting smart about helping young students by using QR codes instead coping with impossible to remember and often difficult to type nine or ten digit passwords that are needed to start up computers and other digital devices. Lots of other changes in the classroom this fall are giving teachers more ways to use apps based on their student’s needs as well, including using sites like Newsela, a program which takes news articles and rewrites them for reading levels from second grade through high school. Right now, more than 850,000 teachers and 9 million students in the U.S. use the program.

Safe Social Media Use a Challenge in Education

Social media is one of the biggest challenges for cybersecurity in the education sector, according to a report from Wombat Security Technologies. The report found that education professionals missed about one-third of assessment questions related to safe social media use. This serves as a good reminder for parents that they should take an active part in helping kids stay safe online and in using social media properly, and not entirely depend on schools to cover these kinds of topics.

Time To Delete Those Ancient Online Accounts

Recently, as many as 360 million MySpace accounts were offered for sale in a 33-gigabyte online dump.

Microsoft Banning Simple Passwords

Have you tried to use your usual, easy to remember password when logging into Xbox, Skype, or even Microsoft Word and it didn’t work?

All Passwords Matter

Kim Komando of USA Today mentions in her column

Creating “Badges” To Help Youngest Users with Passwords

No matter how old you are, remembering the multiple passwords you use can be a chore, but imagine how difficult it would be if you didn’t even know how to read or write yet.

Firms Push to Eliminate Passwords

Google and Apple are working on eliminating the need

One Password Is All It Takes

Do you sometimes feel you don’t want to try new things online because you know it will mean another password for you to remember?

Creating Strong Passwords

By now you should be aware that creating strong passwords is vital for preventing hackers and snoops to getting into your online accounts, but most people still rely on one or two passwords for all

Erasing Data For Good

As your digital devices begin to become outdated, you may consider gifting, donating or selling them.

How to Protect Web-Connected Cameras from Hackers

Web-connected security cameras and baby monitors are devices found in many households.


Despite all the warnings about password security, SplashData research firm has reported that "123456" was the most commonly used password in 2014.

Losing That iOS Passcode Can Spell Disaster

Apple’s recent announcement to change the way it handles personal information has many customers grateful for the increase in security, however it has come with some complications. Since the company does not keep a record of the passcode on your device, they also have no way of helping you if you forget the code, or need to get into someone else’s device should they become incapacitated...

Password Tips Everyone Should Know

Although written for an audience of educators, this list of 10 Important Password Tips Everyone Should Know is relevant for everyone. To summarize, the biggest tip of advice would be to stop being so obvious...

Stolen Passwords and Your Password Security

In the wake of the news that a Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion username and password combinations and 500 million email addresses, it is time to think about your password collection once again...