Hackers getting into your email account and causing problems have been in the news a lot lately, I have not been invected, but I know of others that have. Recently Microsoft put into place many ways of keeping your account free from hackers and if you are not using them, you should be.
Windows LIVE BLOG has a great article detailing the different methods as well as a new Wizard to help you get your account back if it has been hacked.
Another step in the right direction by adding HTTPS support for Facebook. This is a feature you have to TURN on in your settings.
This is a must as people are targeting Facebook for more and more attacks, this will not end that, but it will make it more difficult.
Under Account Settings
SECURE BROWSING – CHECK box – Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible.
By putting this in place you will communicate using SSL encryption keeping you safe on Wi-FI Networks.
Would you move to Facebook email if the product is polished and works well?
Currently the new user to the internet or smartphone market are typically using their internet provider emails. Others are using Hotmail, Livemail, Google, Yahoo and a few others. Most of these people are using Facebook though!
I have a few different email addresses for different priority and uses, but i can’t see myself moving to Facebook as my primary email address. One key reason would be I would have no access to that email at work since I don’t have Facebook access as many others in business. I would also be a little concerned about the security and privacy of those emails because of Facebook’s history and a number of recent issues they have had.
What will you do!
If this article does not make you take the time to secure your Wireless network at home, then I don’t know what will. A huge amount of people have wireless networks and a large portion of these people have not turned on any security, some of turned off default settings like passwords because they don’t understand!
Take a read of the article and then go home and make sure your network is secure!
Chances are you don’t leave your front door unlocked. And you shouldn’t leave your Wi-Fi network unsecured either.
Many of you may have heard this before, but many still seem to not be doing anything about it. You should. Here’s why. With a $50 wireless antenna and the right software a criminal hacker located outside your building as far as a mile away can capture passwords, e-mail messages, and any other data being transmitted over your network, and even decrypt data that is supposedly protected
How things change and quickly – We really need to make sure we are teaching some real life expectations – kids are going to be shocked when they get out in the work force – They can’t install any software, can’t read Hotmail or Gmail, can’t get on their favorite web site like Facebook, Twitter and the list continues……
Many claim that millennials have entitlement issues. Six Minutes did a nice job on a piece they did title: The Millennials Are Coming. In that article they stated: You now have a generation coming into the workplace that has grown up with the expectation that they will automatically win, and they’ll always be rewarded, even for just showing up.
In another interesting article by ere.net, the following questions were actually asked by millennials in job interviews.
- If I don’t like my boss, how can I get that changed?
- How many hours per day will I be expected to work?
- Do you allow the use of Facebook?
- If I don’t like my pay, who do I talk to about fixing that?
- If we do reading for the job, can we do it at the gym during work hours?
- Who will be my mentor and coach while I’m learning my new job?
- What does the company do to make work fun?
I can see where this is coming from, but it’s hard to believe these expectation would be asked in an interview…..
ENTIRE ARTICLE – Millennial Job-Seekers Have Unique Expectations
Some simple steps to take today to protect your family data and computers from the ever-increasing threat of infections….
1) Install anti-virus / spyware software – but remember you have to keep these up to date
2) Update your software – Setup up Microsoft Auto update and keep everything current.
3) Use strong passwords and keep them secret (14 characters long, using letters, numbers and symbols)
4) Never turn off your Firewall on your computer
5) Setup your router in a secure method to stop people using your bandwidth, but also keep people out of your network.
6) Use Flash drives carefully – Make sure any key your using, you know where it has been
7) Don’t download malware
Be very cautious about opening attachments or clicking links in email or IM, or in posts on social networks (like Facebook)—even if you know the sender. Call to ask if a friend sent it; if not, delete it or close the IM window.
Avoid clicking Agree, OK, or I accept in banner ads, in unexpected pop-up windows or warnings, on websites that may not seem legitimate, or in offers to remove spyware or viruses.
- Instead, press CTRL + F4 on your keyboard.
- If that doesn’t close the window, press ALT + F4 on your keyboard to close the browser. If asked, close all tabs and don’t save any tabs for the next time you start the browser.
Only download software from websites you trust. Be cautious of “free” offers of music, games, videos, and the like. They are notorious for including malware in the download
Get the full article from Microsoft with full details on each topic
How to boost your malware defense and protect your PC