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Password Safety Problem

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PasswordsPasswords are convenient. They are probably the oldest form of authentication. People have invented some useful replacements for passwords, such as fingerprint and retina authentication, tokens and one-time PINs, and sometimes such implementations are really warranted. But in most other cases – for online banking, say – it is in my opinion that using old good passwords is the best choice. Some may argue that authentication by password only is not very safe, but in reality there’s very little advantage of token or one-time PIN authentication over passwords when it comes to Internet services…

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Easily Control and Prevent Website Tracking

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no-script When our stomachs digest food, some complicated processes are happening inside our bodies. When we run programs on our computers, millions of logical operations are happening in the CPU. Likewise, when we browse websites, many processes, about which we may not even have a clue, are happening behind the scenes. For example, when you go to a website, it may assign your browser a “cookie” or two, detect your location, system language, your screen resolution, and perform many other necessary and unnecessary things. Many of these sorts of functions are done using scripts.

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Secure Credit Card Shopping Online

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Most of us have heard about some events when credit card data was compromised, and sometimes those events were large-scale. For example, last year retail giant Target was itself a target for credit card thieves who stole 40 million credit card numbers, cardholder names, addresses, and other relevant data. In January this year, Neumann Marcus was another victim of credit card thieves who this time stole close to 70 million credit card numbers and relevant info. And these are just a couple of recent high profile accidents, whereas smaller-scale leaks of precious financial information happen all the time, and all the more frequently.

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How to Detect Websites Participating in PRISM

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You might have heard of the NSA surveillance program called the PRISM, the existence of which had been hidden from the public since inception. The PRISM was unveiled by Edward Snowden, the famous former NSA contractor who has showed the world the scale and the magnitude by which the USA government is involved in spying, not only on its citizens, but on citizens of many other counties as well. In essence, PRISM is a data-monitoring project that includes numerous big corporations’ servers, such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL, and even Dropbox. These are some of the websites which have shared, and are probably continuing to do so, your information with the NSA.

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How to Use Online Banking Really Safely, Part II

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In the first part of this article we discussed the threats and the techniques that malevolent hackers, computer virus writers, spammers, and other criminal elements of the online world employed in order to gain access to bank accounts, credit cards, email accounts, and even identities of unsuspecting people. In the second part we will find out how to access online banking and other important accounts really safely.

One might argue that in order to protect yourself online sufficiently well, you’ve got to be really computer-savvy, if not an IT professional. However, it is not really so – maybe you’ll not completely protect your computer from all kinds of threats, at least you can ensure that your data are accessed only by those who you authorize, and that you have more piece of mind and sleep just a little better at night.

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