I think we have all heard enough about how the NSA has been accessing information through various internet sources. Now that everyone has had a chance to process this knowledge, what can we do?
Wikipedia, the popular internet encyclopedia, announced the adaptation of encryption on their website to protect user activity information. The encryption is similar to that of bank and other financial data transferring facilities’ websites. Users will go through similar secure login steps. Once users have been securely logged in, their activity on Wikipedia cannot be monitored by outside sources.
As of now, Wikipedia users are not required to login to access Wikipedia’s extensive information, unless they are editors and contributors. Applying the encryption technology will mean that general users will have to generate and remember IDs and passwords. This may be a bit annoying at first, but if you think of the trade off, it seems worthwhile to memorize one more set of account information.
Are you a Google Chrome user? You may want to clear your saved data and passwords after hearing about the latest bug effecting Chrome users.
Though Google plans to release a patch soon, users should take a few steps to prevent any one with access to their computers from revealing their saved account passwords.
There are currently two ways to access stored account information. Importing your bookmarks from one browser to another transfers account information. On Macs, users are unable to deselect the field to disable password import. This does not effect PC users, as they have the option to disable it.
From there, you can view all of your passwords – from both browsers – by typing “chrome://settings/passwords” into the address bar. This pulls up a list of saved passwords that are hidden by default. Selecting “show” allows you to view the passwords without any verification that these accounts belong to the owner.
Go to Chrome setting to manually deleted stored passwords
Until the patch is released, Roboscan recommends Chrome users head to their Settings page and scroll down to “Manage Saved Passwords,” or type in “chrome://settings/passwords” to the address bar, to manually delete stored passwords.
It’s a good rule of thumb to never save passwords to a browser if someone else has access to your computer. If you share a PC with anyone, be sure to utilize the separate user feature and log out after each use. I have a password lock that appears after my computer has gone to sleep. Users can also use the two-factor authentication process that many sites have begun to utilize.
It is said that this significant flaw had been around since Android 1.6 (Android 1.6 Donut). It may impact any Android phone for the past four years; in other words, 900 million devices could be affected.
According to Gina Scigliano, Google’s Android communications manager, “A patch has been provided to our partners—some OEMs, like Samsung, are already shipping the fix to the Android devices.” However, in order to update the security system, current Android users have to turn to their hardware vendors for updates.
In order to assure that the software has not been modified by a third-party, each program contains cryptographic signature of authentic Android application. However, such security loophole allows hackers to enable the malicious code under the condition of not affecting the cryptographic signature. In consequence, any Android developer who takes the advantage of such loophole can access to use’s phone like a legit regular app.
Nevertheless, Android users shouldn’t be worried too much. Scigliano also said that “We have not seen any evidence of exploitation in Google Play or other app stores via our security scanning tools,” “Google Play scans for this issue – and Verify Apps provides protection for Android users who download apps to their devices outside of Play.”
Do you still remember the article about “2-step authentication” we shared on Facebook? Today, we are going to walk you through the process of setting up 2-step authentication on your social media step-by-step. 2-step authentication is not a cure-it-all for your internet security. However, it certainly makes it more difficult for hackers to break through your security line.
What is 2-step authentication?
2-step authentication (a.k.a. two-factor authentication) is composed of two pieces of authentication factors: the knowledge factor, something you know, and the possession factor, something you have. It’s similar to the idea of requiring 2 keys to open a treasure chest. In addition to the password you originally created for emails, social media or even online banking accounts (knowledge factor), you will need another key (possession factor) to access to your accounts. Your phone is one of the most popular options nowadays. By activating such security feature on your social media, you will receive a set of codes on your phone. Use this code to access your account after typing in the password you normally use.
Click on the setting button on the upper right corner and choose the account setting option.
Facebook login approval
On the navigation panel on your left, choose “security”; it will take you to the screen below.
Enable the “Login Approval” security feature then Facebook will walk you through
Facebook will send you a set of codes via SMS. Type the code in the box, then click next. As you enter the security code, you will have the option to save your device to your account so that you don’t have to generate a code for the device every time you log in
If you ever login via a device unrecognized by Facebook, you will need to enter the code again. 계속 읽기 →
First and foremost, you should be sure your PC is protected by an up-to-date antivirus. If you don’t have one, or are interested in trying a new software, visit our website and review our products. Roboscan Internet Security updates itself multiple times a day and does so silently – no annoying prompts, no extra work for you! You can even check out this nifty chart and see how Roboscan compares to popular antivirus software.
If you have an antivirus installed, you’ve taken the biggest precaution in keeping your PC protected from malware. Follow the tips below for extra protection.
Change your passwords periodically. Try to use letters, numbers and symbols. The more complex your password is, the less likely someone will gain access to your accounts. It’s generally a good idea not to use the same password for some accounts. For example, your online banking password should not be the same as your Facebook password.
Update your Wi-Fi password and network name. If your network at home isn’t protected, that’s absolutely essential. Contact your internet provider, or review your router’s manual for instructions on how to secure your network. Your Wi-Fi password should be updated periodically as well. A good general rule of thumb is to change your passwords with each change of season, or four times a year.
Lockdown your social media profiles. Consider going private on Twitter, reviewing your privacy settings on Facebook and deleting old social media profiles you no longer use. Awhile ago, I did a Google search on my full name and found a Friendster account from 10 years ago. Horrifying.
Don’t reveal too much of your personal information online. Have you ever had to reset a password and answer security questions to do so? Your date of birth, your mother’s maiden name, etc. can easily slip out online, and if your profiles are public, predators can piece together information about you pretty easily.
If you’re using shared computers or public networks on your devices, be very careful. Public wi-fi networks are especially dangerous, as we often won’t think twice about checking our account balances online, paying your electricity bill, or writing emails with sensitive content. If you’re shopping online, be sure the site is using a secure channel to process your billing information. Check the address bar. If the URL begins with “https,” you are good to go.
Above all, always be aware that most what you put on the Internet can be accessed by anyone, at any time. Be on defense and stay proactive.