August 2011

Password Tip #4: Security Questions

Security questions seem like a really good idea. They are this little backdoor just in case you forget your password — they let you get back into the system. What was your first pet’s name? Where were you married? What is your mother’s maiden name? With the rise of social media sites and online databases …

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Password Tip #3: Write Them Down

That is probably the opposite advise you have heard regarding passwords. However, it is simply not possible to have strong, unique passwords for every site/application you use. I have 94 passwords! How can I have strong (preferably random) , unique passwords without writing them down? In 2005, Jesper Johansson and Bruce Schneier recommended people write …

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Client Portals: A Safe Bet for Secure Communication

From the August 2011 issue of Accounting Today AUGUST 30, 2011 BY KIM HOGAN AND MARK PRICCO In the wake of the scandal involving alleged phone and email hacking by News Corporation, many tax and accounting professionals are invariably questioning the security of their own client communications. Communicating with clients often involves conveying sensitive financial …

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Password Tip #2: Unique Passwords

You may have heard this tip before; use a different password for each site/application. Why? Well, the last thing you want is someone to guess or acquire your password for one application and use that to access them all. This would be akin to someone getting your car key and using it to access the …

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Password Tip #1: Choosing a Good Password

Choosing a good password that is easy to remember can be challenging. How can you make it easier? The first step I recommend is using phrases. The human brain can remember fairly complex and long phrases much easier than random gibberish. It is important to pick a phrase you can remember and that is hard …

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Hacking the media!

During our webinar today on mobile security, the topic of the News of the World phone hacking scandal came up. I love how the media refers to this as hacking. Woooohhh…. scary images of Russian mobsters hopped up on coffee come to mind. Well, if it were so. Must be some pretty smart stuff hugh? …

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