Apple iCloud ransomware is a real threat

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Security, iPad, iPhone, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

People are being locked out of their iPhones and iPads due to an attack that is taking place where the devices are locked and you can only gain access to your files if you pay a “ransom”. This is mainly in Australia but it has been reported in other locations. You should backup your data so that in the event …

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Relying on Jesus for computer and network security will not protect you

JohnMHoyt Apple, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

I bet that title got your attention! But according to a list of passwords examined, “Jesus” will not protect you, as it is on SplashData’s list of password’s that are considered unsafe due to the sheer usage of them. Obviously, “password” is the worst, followed by “123456” and “12345678”. I stole the following list of passwords from SplashData from the …

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Yahoo data breach exposes 400,000 user names and passwords

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Cloud Computing, Computer Security, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

Last month it was LinkedIn who was making the news due to a data breach that exposed millions of user names and passwords, and this month it is Yahoo. It seems as though 400,000 user accounts and passwords have been exposed in the recently discovered breach, though it may be a while before the severity is truly known. Our suggestion …

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ATTN: LinkedIn users – change your password. 6.5 million of you could be affected by a breach!

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Partners, Secure IT Alert, security, WatchGuard Leave a Comment

It’s all over the web today… Something like 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords “may be” in the hands of Russian attackers. Their advice is to change your password, and our’s is, if you are using the same login/password on multiple sites, then change all of those passwords too. Corey Nachreiner over at our firewall security partner, WatchGuard, suggests the following actions: …

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Did you secure your Wi-Fi acess point yet?

JohnMHoyt broadband, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, security Leave a Comment

Last week I was discussing RIAA letters to people who had supposedly downloaded music illegally and it turned out it was neighbors using their wifi connection. I wonder if anyone was paying attention?  If you did not secure your wireless access point after that, then maybe THIS will encourage you to do so… A dispute with neighbors turned ugly back …

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Was your personal information harvested from one of the major hacked websites?

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Homeland Secure IT, security, Technology Leave a Comment

If you are wondering if your information was exploited from one of the major hacked websites, there is a website that may tell you that. https://shouldichangemypassword.com/ It checks several databases for the occurrence of your email address.  If your address is there, you may need to be concerned.  If not, carry on… I checked most of my email addresses and …

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I wanted a secure password, so I just went with this one…

JohnMHoyt Cloud Computing, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Fun Stuff, Homeland Secure IT, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, security, Technology, Video Link Leave a Comment

One of the newsletters I read regularly had a link to this video… So I figured it would be a great password to use…   Data from Star Trek TNG emulates Picard’s voice with a very long password. Share and Enjoy:

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