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Strong passwords are extremely important to your personal cyber security. The list of accounts and passwords we are required to use is constantly growing. From your bank account to Amazon or Netflix, you have passwords for almost everything you do online.

As security concerns become more prevalent many of these accounts require minimum levels of password strength, and at the very least will inform you when you are using a weak password. Remembering all these complex passwords is very difficult. Especially if you take proper security precautions and use a different password for every account.

With the passwords we use becoming more complex many options have appeared to help you  keep track of the ever increasing list of passwords. Most of the browsers that you use offer the ability to store your passwords for you, and automatically log you in. While some of these are more secure than others, they are not usually the ideal solution from a security perspective.

There is another option, password managers are becoming increasingly popular, and are generally a more secure option. Some charge a monthly fee, but most offer free versions.

Below I have listed a few different password managers. They have free versions, but also offer paid versions with more features.

Bitwarden http://bitwarden.com

Last Pass http://lastpass.com

Dash Lane http://dashlane.com

Public Wi-Fi

One of the greatest in modern amenities, free Wi-Fi is common occurrence in shops, hotels, airports, and even places like libraries and parks.

While free Wi-Fi is amazing, and almost always better than slugging through on your mobile network, anyone connected to the network can see what your sending/receiving (email or website content for example).

You are extremely vulnerable while connected to public Wi-Fi; although if you are using certain apps, or connected using https your data is encrypted.

One way to better insure you are protected is to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network whenever you are connecting to any public network.

Fake Browser Update is Ransomware

A recent trend in cyber attacks have taken the form of browser updates. When you open your browser it informs you that it is out of date and needs to be updated, when you click on update the malware is deployed. This attack can take the form of Chrome (pictured above) , Internet Explorer, Opera, …

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The rise of Hacking as a Service (HaaS)

Criminal enterprises have taken note of the growth in popularity of as-a-service products, copying this tactic to create Hacking-as-a-Service (HaaS). HaaS have provide some of the same services as the legitimate as-a-service offerings such as: live chat support, 24/7 phone support, monthly payment plans, discounts for purchasing year long subscriptions, and even marketing campaigns to …

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Phishing; Why does it still work?

In a recent Webroot Report nearly half of employees confess to clicking links in messages from Unknown senders while at work. Phishing emails are one of the most common vehicles for attacks. With employees receiving high volumes of emails each day, and the pressure to maintain high performance and efficiency, professionals are becoming even more …

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Importance of a HIPAA risk assessment

For health care organizations, failing to comply with or maintain HIPAA guidelines and standards can lead to large fines. The first step to securing electronic protected health information (e-PHI) is performing a Security Risk Assesment. According to the Health & Human Services HIPAA Security Series, these are the eight steps to performing a Risk Assesment. …

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Cyber Attacks Rapidly Increasing

In the past year hackers have been launching cyber Attacks against SMB ports and IoT devices at record pace, more than tripling in the past year. TCP ports primarily used on IoT devices were highly targeted. Exploits like Eternal Blue which targets a flaw in SMB protocol through port 445, has been widley used for …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ first WiFi 6 certified smartphones

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are the first smartphones to receive WiFi 6 certification from the WiFi Alliance.

WiFi 6 will help mobile devices to save battery with Target-Wakeup, which schedules transmission time to increase efficiency.

New features also allow for faster upload and download speeds, more data to be transferred at a time, and will improve connectivity in high populated areas.

iOS 13 Spam Calls and Dark Mode

iOS 13 will all but eliminate robocalls, spam calls, and solicitors from ringing your phone.

This feature is called silence unknown callers, and is turned off by default. This feature will only ring your phone if the phone number is in your contacts, recent outgoing calls, or Siri suggestions. All other calls will go directly to voicemail.

This feature is enabled with iOS 13 in Settings find and select Phone, them scroll down until you see Silence Unknown Callers and slide the switch to on.

 

Dark Mode

Apple has also included a Dark Mode feature in this upgrade. This is disabled by default, but you can turn it on in Settings, then Display and Brightness. You can also schedule Dark Mode here, so it automatically turns on at night and off in the morning, or leave it on all the time.

iPhone 11: What to expect?

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro were announced Sept 10. New features to expect: more colors, dual lenses, 6.1″ liquid Retina display, night mode, Dolby Atoms, more durable glass, faster A13 Chip, improved water resistance (IP68), iPhone 11 Pro ($999) and iPhone 11 Pro Max ($1099).

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