We don’t like to be doom mongers when it comes to technology because things are rarely as bad as they seem, but when the U.S. government issued an advisory warning to people not to use Microsoft’s browser.” In terms of recommendations against using something, that’s about as high as it comes.
Heartbleed is a huge issue because it allows the bad guys to look in the secret handshake and see your usernames, passwords and personal information. The bigger issue is a reference one. Once the secret handshake is compromised, bad guys will know exactly how your information is processed by the site you’re trying to access.
Earlier this week, we discussed how making your password longer can make it more secure. It’s a great first step, but it doesn’t mitigate all the elements of risk when it comes to online security. Here are some other things you need to remember.
These days, most of our important information is stored online. Bank accounts, e-mail, credit card information and social networking afford us convenience, connection and communication, but they also give potential attackers the ability to access all of the same information. One of the best defenses is a super strong password.