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So is a strong password that important?  Should we use passphrases?  Do passwords really get cracked? YES, YES and YES. There are many techniques for obtaining passwords and over the years, these have become moresophisticated. The top methods for cracking passwords, in no particular order are brute force attacks, rainbow …

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The IRS was recently hit by hackers, compromising personal information for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers. It’s not the first time the IRS has been used to illegally obtain sensitive data from unknowing consumers. One effective scam, Impersonating IRS agents, is gaining in popularity among cybercriminals because it works …

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When you take a moment to count the number of internet-connected devices in your home, the tally may surprise you. There are smart TVs, routers, computers, tablets, smartphones, smart thermostats and refrigerators, security systems, and even toilets that can be flushed from afar. All of those devices are a …

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Last year, TurboTax was involved in a tax time incident and this year, it’s TaxAct. The maker of the tax filing software learned late last year that some of its customers’ accounts (less than .25%) were accessed and information such as social security numbers, names, addresses, bank account information …

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Brown University email account holders may be being targeted in a massive phishing campaign. Kaspersky Labs reported receiving email messages from Brown University “NO REPLY” senders that request the recipient to verify their Google Accounts. More on why that isn’t so strange later. Phishing itself is not new and …

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When support ends on a product, it is very important to upgrade to a new version or change to a new product. In the case of browsers, Microsoft has pulled the plug on support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 on January 12, 2016. It is highly recommended …

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According to the Identity Theft Assistance Center, one in 40 (2.5 percent) households in the U.S. have a child under 18 who have had personal information compromised by identity theft criminals. Unfortunately, much of the identity theft from children doesn’t get discovered until after they are …

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Are strong passwords that important?  Should we use passphrases?  Do passwords really get cracked? YES, YES and YES! There are many techniques for obtaining passwords and over the years, these have become more sophisticated. The top methods for cracking passwords, in no particular order are brute force attacks, rainbow table …

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WhatsApp is a great app for keeping in touch with those we care about and the hackers know it. They probably even use it. It has over 900 million users all over the world. That’s why it is one of the apps being used to try and get people …

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We would all like to think that cyber criminals have become bored with stealing online banking credentials. Unfortunately, they are a persistent lot and online banking customers continue to be targeted. According to a report by Kaspersky Labs report “IT Threat Evolution in Q3 2015,” there were over 5.6 …

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