Password advice for 2017

I’ve written several posts over the past few years on passwords. In particularly my post on password strategy remains just as relevant now as when I wrote it several years ago. the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently updated its guidelines on creating secure passwords and it made some fairly significant changes. The main change was to remind user on the importance of password length and less on included special characters etc. From an…
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Forcing a Windows 10 upgrade on users

Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that they want as many PC’s as possible to upgrade to the company's latest Operating system Windows 10. Having more of your user base on the latest version of your O/S makes sense in many ways. What is not OK is the manner of which they are doing it. Recently Microsoft made a small change in the way the upgrade notification is displayed. Previously a dialog box…
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Time to upgrade Internet Explorer

Last year Microsoft gave notice that as of January 12th, 2016 older versions of its browser Internet Explorer (IE) would no longer be supported. What this means that there will be no more updates including ones that close security vulnerabilities that are found. Microsoft recommends updating to the latest version of IE depending on what Microsoft operating system you are running. For most people this will be version 11. For those running one of Microsoft’s…
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2 Factor Authentication

News of a another data breach seems to be in the news every week. Security is more and more important in our always-connected world. One thing you can do to help increase your own security is the use of 2 factor authentication. 2 factor authentication is a technique where more then a password is required to access a service. An example of 2 factor authentication in the analog world would be when you use your…
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