Data breaches such as Dropbox and LinkedIn

The data breach for Dropbox hitting the news today occurred 4 years ago (in 2012). The reason it is hitting the news now is the information was recently leaked out into the open through the dark web. It includes 68 million Dropbox accounts but also 117 million from a 2012 LinkedIn breach as well. Since 2012, Dropbox has been proactively forcing password resets. Therefore even if someone managed to recover account information from the 2012 hack, they wouldn’t be able to access the accounts. If you haven’t yet changed your password since prior to mid-2012, you are obviously urged to do so immediately. On that note, you should be updating your passwords on a regular basis as 4 years is way too long to be using the same one for reasons such as this. Dropbox handled this breach very well. They were proactive and mitigated a huge amount of risk to their users.


Where is this hacked information leaked?

It appears on the dark web. I explain what is the darknet in a prior article.

How do I manage all my passwords?

There are several techniques I share in earlier posts which include password tips and considering a vault such as LastPass

Also here are 12 fraud awareness tips to protect yourself online

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Preparing your online social legacy

We caution our children about the digital paper trails we leave. We need to be aware of what gets posted online, who can see it, and how things can be easily taken out of context. Another problem that is starting to manifest itself is our online legacy. What happens to our social media accounts when we pass away? Can our family access them or are they simply online forever stuck in limbo?

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Important facts about encryption on smartphones

Important facts about encryption on smartphones

With recent security and privacy issues resulting from the San Bernardino iPhone dispute, it’s a good time to learn more about encryption.

What is encryption?

Basically encryption is a method used to secure information stored on any electronic device. This includes data such as text messages, photos, emails, and documents on smartphones.

When data is “encrypted,” it means it’s in a scrambled format, which makes it unreadable for computers or people without a key (such as a PIN code or passphrase) to the device.

It’s actually more complex than simply requiring a PIN code – Apple for example, requires several pieces of information in order to access data within the device. In addition to a PIN code or a fingerprint required from the user, there is also a key embedded in the device’s processor (secure enclave), which is unknown to anyone.

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How to customize your phone’s lock screen

How to customize your phone’s lock screen

In earlier smartphone models, a lock screen was simply just that – a screen that popped up whenever you needed to unlock your phone.

Today, lock screens in the latest smartphone models are equipped with all sorts of features; allowing you to interact with notification alerts, add emergency information, access your phone’s camera and more, all without unlocking your phone.

Here are a few ways to customize your phone’s lock screen:

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