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Passwords and Luggage Locks – How Much Protection?

You’ve got everything packed for your big trip and as the last step before you head out to the airport, you put one of those little locks through the zipper pull tabs on each piece of luggage. All ready! Your stuff will be safe from the time it leaves your hands at the airport until […]

Is Your Approach to Passwords Cultural?

A couple of articles this week got me thinking about the way people – you, me, your cousin Sally – think about cybersecurity and passwords. How do we develop our feelings about passwords and security? By feelings, I don’t mean a sentimental “I ______ passwords” (love or hate, insert your preference). I’m talking about our […]

Who are your passwords protecting you against?

When it comes to passwords, we all deal with them somehow. We have to because passwords are just about everywhere these days. Whether you have yours on a spreadsheet on your PC, or written on a piece of paper (or lots of little sticky pieces of yellow paper), or you have that one super password […]

Solving The Internet of Things Security Puzzle

Saying that the internet is ubiquitous is a bit of a cliché these days. It’s on all of our devices and it’s on all the time. It might be more accurate to say that we’re on all the time. (Think about it, when was the last time you disconnected deliberately to get a few moments […]

Changing Your Passwords: Clearing Up the Confusion

When it comes to changing your passwords, just how often is often enough but still not so often that it undermines security? In a recent tweet, Jason Harris brought up the confusing and often conflicting advice of changing passwords. The response doesn’t fit into 140 characters, so we took to our blog to cover the […]

Privacy, Security and Cybercrime Awareness

Data breaches. Hackers. Passwords. ID Theft. Privacy. Cyber security terms appear in the headlines so often that many of us have grown immune to them. Instead of raising our awareness – and therefore our ability to react appropriately – the abundance of news may have a desensitizing effect. Instead of helping us identify problem areas […]

Security Now!

In today’s world of instant gratification, it would really be strange if we didn’t have the same expectations for security and online safety that we have for watching movies on Netflix or getting the latest scores: we want it immediately and with as little effort as possible. But is that realistic? Too many folks think […]

The Basics of Online Safety

When you think about it, many of the day-to-day things we do to protect ourselves in the physical world involve following basic rules. When crossing the street, for example, it’s enough to know to look both ways and to cross at the green, not in between before stepping into the crosswalk. We don’t have to […]

Your Child’s Security is a Team Sport

We talk to a lot of parents who ask what they should do about the security and privacy issues that go hand-in-hand with their kids’ online lives. It’s really tough for parents these days. It’s not just the keeping up with the Joneses aspect of children pressuring us to following the latest and greatest trend […]

The Security Risks of Using ‘Forgot My Password’ to Manage Passwords

Being involved in security means that lots of people are only too happy to share their – let’s say – idiosyncratic ideas on how to protect one thing or another. (“Here’s what I do…”) When it comes to passwords, just about everyone has his or her own idea about the best way of staying safe […]