LastPass – your personal password vault

LastPass – your personal password vault

 

We are plagued by the necessity to have a multitude of passwords. Some sites have basic complexity requirements and others do not. Some require you to change your password on a regular basis. Keeping track of all these passwords can be a nightmare. LastPass is a personal password vault that helps make your web browsing easier and more secure.

Mortgage Fraud, one of the fastest growing financial crimes. Check out these prevention tips.

Mortgage Fraud, one of the fastest growing financial crimes. Check out these prevention tips.

Mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing financial crimes! In 2011/2012, mortgages, the largest portion of household debt, were at about $8 trillion in the US, £140 billion in the UK, and $1 trillion in Canada. The portion representing mortgage fraud was an estimated $35 billion worth in the US, £1 billion in the UK, and $400 million in Canada.

Data Loss Prevention Tips. Stop Being a Firefighter!

Data Loss Prevention Tips. Stop Being a Firefighter!

I have observed that many people take technology for granted. They expect it to simply work when they need it and they become shocked when something goes wrong. One of the worst things that can happen to anyone is to lose data (precious memories in the form of photos or videos, notes/plans, school or business work, client lists, accounting information, contacts, etc). Just like I encourage corporations to do fireproofing versus firefighting, the same goes for everyone in their personal everyday lives. Here is a very basic list to help prevent data loss (which can also occur due to data corruption).

How to Protect Yourself against Online Spying, NSA PRISM/Fairview can spy on anyone

How to Protect Yourself against Online Spying, NSA PRISM/Fairview can spy on anyone

Americans (and now other countries) are becoming increasingly concerned with the online protection of their personal information. There have been numerous stories in the press lately of hacked websites, identity theft, and eavesdropping, among many other alarming “criminal” acts. Recently, the Washington Post ran a story that included the publishing of four slides, all leaked from the United States National Security Agency (NSA). These slides clearly discussed, in extreme detail, how the domestic PRISM program collects its data.

Other countries are also being “spied” on with a different surveillance program called Fairview. A recent example is the surveillance on millions of citizens of Brazil.

Encrypting Files, Volumes, and your Entire Computer: TrueCrypt

Encrypting Files, Volumes, and your Entire Computer: TrueCrypt

The need for protection of our files and personal computers (PC) against unwanted intruders is increasing at an alarming rate every day. Luckily there are free open source software programs such as TrueCrypt that allows for file encryption, and even for entire disks and volumes of information on your computer system. With this innovative software, huge chunks of documents, applications, and programs can easily be hidden from view. Users can even encrypt their entire operating system.

*** TrueCrypt discontinued in 2014. Here are some free alternatives.