Ignore The Fear Mongering, But Update Your Passwords

heartbleed openssl heartbeat flawYes, once again the media has latched onto a security flaw and scaring everyone with reports on the possibility of evil people getting your precious login info. They will move onto another story tomorrow, so don’t worry.

Don’t worry, but DO change your passwords.

The warnings are valid. You do need to change your passwords, but you should be used to this by now.  You did change your passwords a few months ago, right? After all those reported breaches? No? Probably because it’s a real pain to keep track of things, isn’t?

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They know your password

Everything they need to log into your accounts. All of your accounts.
Your password, your email, your reminder hint

And I bet you are using the same password on most of your accounts, aren't you?

Please change your passwords... now.

You can use LastPass, or any other password manager program to help you generate new strong passwords. But, they are worthless if you don't do anything.

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Update LinkedIn accounts

Important - Update your LinkedIn Passwords

More than 6 million LinkedIn passwords stolenlinkedin-logo32

You might be hearing this in the news yesterday or today, or you might be seeing posts on Facebook or Google+ about LinkedIn having passwords stolen.

Before reading anymore, PLEASE, change your password at LinkedIn.(www.linkedin.com) I'll explain, but only after you change it. [Though my link is safe, it's always best, security-wise, to type the address yourself.]

Read full article at Seven Sages 

Fake LinkedIn emails

Don't be fooled by the recent wave of LinkedIn emails saying you have been deactivated (or anything else). This week I am seeing a lot of fake emails saying they are from LinkedIn, but they are just phishing for your login info.

I know many who have created a LinkedIn account, but then never use it. So, they can easily believe a message that says something about their activity.

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Generic Phishing Email

I recently received an email from my "Mail Administrator" asking for my login info. Now, sometimes I do email myself notes as reminders or tasks. But I don't know why I would ask for my own login info. :)

Besides, Server or Mail Admin would never ask for login information. A real administrator can simply reset the password if they wanted (they can't view the password).  We see notices like "We will never ask for your login info via email" and "Do not share your login info with anyone", but how many simply ignore that like it's one of those popup windows to just click OK to?

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Pesky Virus sometimes get past even super-geeks.

It happens. The war against Virus's, viruses, virii, is endless and ever changing.  Sometimes, even with multiple virus scanners, a new virus can slip through. Yes, even on super-geek's computer.  Anyone who thinks they are smart enough to catch every possible attack is just an uninformed fool.

There are so many paths of attack, especially on Windows. (you ARE patching, aren't you?).  Mac and Linux users might be safer (not 100% though), but let's be real... percentage wise, these users a minority.

malwarebytes - clean your computer of evil-doersSo, what does a geek do when infected, or suspects an infection? Well, besides the standard virus scanning, there is a powerful program that can really scrape the crap off your computer. MalwareBytes.org.  I know, it actually sounds like one of those fake anti-spyware programs that pop up a virus warning so you install their software which is actually spyware.   Oh... but it's not.  Spyware actually looks for this software to try to disable it, because they know they can't hide from MalwareBytes.

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