More than 1 million Yahoo and Gmail accounts – including usernames, email addresses and plain text passwords – are reportedly for sale on the dark web.
According to the dark web vendor SunTzu583, who posted the sale offer, he has 100,000 Yahoo accounts from the 2012 Last.fm data breach and 145,000 Yahoo accounts from the 2013 Adobe breach and 2008 MySpace hack. The accounts are on sale for between 0.0079 bitcoins and 0.0102 bitcoins each. Read More →
“Never Write Down Your Passwords”
We hear this at work, on the internet, from our banking institutions, and basically from anywhere else that issues us a password to access our data. The problem is that in today’s digital world, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of all those passwords and commit them to memory. The rules force you to change them every so often and to use special characters in addition to upper case and lower case letters. How can a person commit passwords that look like gibberish to memory? Odds are, they don’t – they do exactly what they’re not supposed to do; they write them down or store them in a file on a computer somewhere. So how does one safely manage all of those passwords or even come up with new ones that actually are complex but easy to remember? Here are two methods I use to create complex passwords that I’m unlikely to forget. Read More →
Although the typical computer setup doesn’t include a true SMS texting service, there are a few other options that a person can use to communicate with someone who has a smartphone. As a small business owner, I’ve found that being able to receive text messages has given my customers an easy way to get in touch with me when they need help, but it’s not an emergency. I can respond when it’s convenient without the interruptive features of a phone call. You know when you’re working really hard and you’re being super productive? Phone calls are the worst things that can happen because you lose your momentum; you fall out of ‘The Zone’. Increasingly it’s becoming more clear that people need significant stretches of uninterrupted time to really accomplish good work. Being able to respond at a time when the workflow would naturally need a break is extremely valuable. Read More →