As our reliance on technology grows, so does our need for improved cybersecurity. With so much of our personal information stored in our devices, simply browsing online or enabling certain settings on your smartphone may be leaving you vulnerable to hackers.
Of course, most users aren't well-versed in cyber security. However, you don't have to be a tech expert to ensure your data is protected. Being aware of these issues and making a few easy changes to how you use your devices are great first steps toward better protection.
To help, we asked the leaders at the Forbes Technology Council to give us their tips on what issues to look out for so we can stay safe online and off.
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More weak passwords, a key to security and compromised web sites
Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Monday April 15th. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cyber security for ITWorldCanda.com. To hear the podcast click on the arrow below:
Trend Micro has discovered a new piece of malware that tries to install a hidden program on your computer to mine for cryptocurrency. So it secretly uses your computing power to benefit a criminal. The best ways for you to avoid being infected are to make sure all your software is regularly updated, be careful about the links you click on in email, the web sites you go to, and use strong, original passwords for logins. What I want to point out is the attack starts with the malware automatically trying to log in to your computer using a list of common, weak passwords. Here’s a few on the list, passwords you must avoid: 123456; password; football; welcome; login; hello; admin; abc123 and keyboard letters in a row, like qwerty. Now, if trying these and other commonly-used stolen passwords don’t work the malware tries more sophisticated login techniques. But if you make it easy for criminals they’ll take advantage of you. So instead of passwords create easier to remember passphrases. As I’ve said before, use a password manager and, where possible, two-factor authentication.
Top College Student Gadgets For 2019
Once students are done with high school, most of them feel incredibly excited. For most, the high school experience is too limited, and it is time to enjoy some learning freedom. A great way to take advantage of this freedom is to ensure you use technology to your benefits. Forget the summer hijinks and heavy backpacks with books. There are cool technology gadgets that can be used to ensure that you make the most of your education. If you have found a job after completing your high school education, you will enjoy learning that most of the things every college student needs are affordable and will last for years. This article reviews the top 10 electronic gadgets that students require to make their college lives better.