**DISCLOSURE: While I am contracted to Microsoft Corporation, I am not an employee. The articles that I write are not meant to represent the company, nor are they meant to represent me as an employee or spokesman for the company. As has always been the case, all articles on this website represent me and nobody … Continue reading Leaked Passwords: Be aware
How many passwords do you have? How many of them are unique? How many of them would cause you, should they fall into the wrong hands, grief, hardship, financial loss? Now what would you say if I told you that anyone with a very little bit of knowledge could access all of those passwords, and … Continue reading Stored Passwords–Beware, and know.
A lot of changes have been made to Windows 10 over the nearly three years since its release as the last desktop operating system that Microsoft would be releasing. Some of those changes have been substantive, others purely cosmetic. Over the last few versions, they have done quite a bit to remove any of the … Continue reading What’s My WiFi?
I can’t believe it has been two years since I signed up for my password vault, but there it was in my mailbox… the reminder that it is time to renew my ‘premium’ service with my password vault service. I did it gladly, giving over my credit card information. Why premium, you ask? Well, for … Continue reading Password Vault: Success!
(NOTE: This article was written December 7, 2016. Not one word has been changed since that date. To understand why it can only now be published, read the article on this site called 107 Days: A Microsoft Security Nightmare. -MDG) For reasons that will become obvious, I am going to delay posting this article until the … Continue reading A Big, HUGE Microsoft Security FAIL.
I have held off talking about something for quite some time. I do not mess around when it comes to security, especially for my critical accounts. When the actual security of an account has been compromised, as was the case with my Microsoft Account, I do not advertise it. On December 7th I sat in … Continue reading 107 Days: A Microsoft Security Nightmare
I got a panicked phone call from a client a few weeks ago. Mitch, we fired one of our sales people last month, and we just discovered that she stole all of our client information, and covered their tracks by completely wiping their Outlook clean. We need that information back. Is there anything we can … Continue reading Covering Your Tracks: Not so easy when walking in the Cloud!
A few weeks ago I wrote about how I started using a password vault. Some of my keener observers noted that I did not mention which one I chose, and that was not an oversight. I am not an expert in the technology, and unlike many of the products and solutions I have reviewed over … Continue reading Higher Security: How’s it going a month in?
Last week without paying attention I scheduled this article to publish Monday morning, not realizing that in North America we would be celebrating Labour Day. Almost none of my readers were in the office, and many (including myself) were relaxing by a beach somewhere. As I expect the article was largely overlooked in lieu of late … Continue reading Why You Need a Personal Computer If You Have A Corporate Computer
I held out as long as I could; I have never used a password vault, thinking that I could remember all of my passwords for several dozen sites and applications without having to trust them to any third party. Of course, many of the passwords I used were reused a few times, and oftentimes I … Continue reading Passwords: Beware
This is NOT an article about my mother. She just happens to be the person at the other end of this conversation, but it could have been any house guest. My mother has been staying with me for the past few days. It is the first time she has stayed with me, and it has … Continue reading Sharing Passwords
This would never have happened with Windows XP. As I always do after a long day of driving I woke up this morning and reached for my phone. I had driven 1,092kms the previous day, which meant that I spent my attention on the road and not on my phone – doubly so because it … Continue reading An Unexpected Consequence of Super-Stability
Many of you know that I am a fanatic about changing passwords and password complexity. I have written time and again about the subject. (See Pass the Word…) I am also a big hater of what my friend Dana Epp refers to as ‘Security Theatre.’ I have often berated people at Rogers, AT&T, and a … Continue reading Passwords Revisited… a post from a fellow MVP
How often do you change your online passwords? If you are like the vast majority of us then the answer is not nearly often enough. Until recently I fell into the same category, and fixing that took a little bit of doing. One day several months ago I looked at Theresa and said ‘I think … Continue reading Pass the Word…
Earlier today I discussed the Picture Password and PIN codes in Windows 8. What I didn’t mention is that for non-corporate users (who will still continue to log on using domain accounts) you have a new option in Windows 8… and that is to use your Microsoft Account to log on to your system. Cool, … Continue reading User Account Options in Windows 8