Technology for Personal safety

Protect Yourself By Avoiding These Password Blunders

If a talented hacker wants to get into your accounts, they will. It is a sad but true fact. Most online scammers, however, are opportunists. One of the best ways to avoid getting your accounts hacked is to use strong passwords on all of your accounts. Is your password something that a person can guess without even knowing you? Here are some passwords blunders to avoid.

First of all, people are still using sequential numbers as a password. Stop doing that. Whether it is 12345 (didn’t we learn to change that password from watching Spaceballs back in the 80s?) or another iteration (some passwords require up to 10 digits), do something to change up the order. We know you have a lot of passwords and want them to be easy to recall, but using the oldest password in our modern era is not protecting anything.

The same thing holds true with letters. Abcde is hardly better than 12345. Also, avoid passwords such as qwerty. Everyone knows that those are the first 6 letters on a modern keyboard. Other common passwords that are now easily guessed due to the frequency of use are sports (baseball, football, etc.), superheroes (Superman, Batman, etc.), and simple letter and number combinations like trustno1.

So how can you make your password safe and easy to remember? Use personal information that a hacker is unlikely to have about you. Try your favorite movie and your graduation year, like Inception1998. Try to avoid things that the hacker could easily find out about you such as a birth year or the name of your child. That means skipping the favorite movie idea if you have it listed on your social media (Facebook, for example).

Passwords do not have to be complicated randomized letters and numbers to ward off lazy hackers. Just use common sense, avoid the most common password blunders, and try to use personal information that you haven’t posted all over the Internet.

Does Flash Need to Update or Are You Getting Hacked?

Computers update on a regular basis. When we see a pop-up that tells us that flash, or java, or our video player needs to update, we click okay without giving it a second thought. This is something that online scam artists are now taking advantage of. Before you agree to update anything on your computer, make sure you are not updating your way into a hack.

The first warning sign should be that the update comes in a pop-up box while you are loading a website. Generally getting hacked happens with less reputable sites. The site owner, however, may not even know that someone is using his or her website to download malware onto the computers of unsuspecting visitors. Do not trust pop-ups on sites that you visit. This actually goes for reputable sites as well. Facebook has been the victim of such a scam in the past, and tens of thousands of users downloaded the malware as a result.

What should you do if you have already clicked on such a pop-up and are now struggling with the malware. Some may have a simple fix, such as running a free malware remover. Others hide and multiply no matter how thoroughly you thought you erased them. In most cases it is a good idea to bring an infected machine to a professional. This will ensure that the malware is completely eradicated. You do not want to accidentally leave phishing software on your computer which could allow hackers to lift your passwords or credit card information as you go about your daily business online.

When it comes to clicking okay to anything on your computer, you should always be wary. If you do see a shady pop-up, close your browser immediately, and do not use the site you were at anymore unless it is unavoidable. Sites like Facebook will generally discover a hack in a short amount of time and remove it, making such sites relatively safe. Just be wary of any site that tries to get you to download something you did not specifically search for.

Alarm Bracelet Protection

Alarm Bracelet Protection: Safety on Your Wrist

How many people subject to crime could have changed the circumstances and the outcome, if they had only needed to press two buttons in order to summon help? Although there is no way to know the answer to this question we do know that the world can be a dangerous place. A Dutch company is working to give women, or anyone for that matter, an extra level of protection in the way of Safelet. Safelet is an alarm bracelet protection device. It gives the person wearing it the ability to activate an alarm that sends out their location by way of their smartphone. When the wearer senses danger, it can be triggered quickly and easily by pressing two simple buttons. Clearly, this would be a lot easier than trying to make a phone call during an emergency situation.

Setting up the bracelet simply requires syncing it with an app on your smartphone. You can the set your desired level of security, including who you want to be alerted, when you signal that you are in danger. You can choose between alerting your family, your friends, those in the Safelet group, or, you can even alert the police.

The alert system is quick and easy. Pushing just two buttons immediately sends your information to your pre-decided recipient or groups. This is much faster and simpler than pulling out your phone, making the call, and describing your location. With Safelet, your GPS location is automatically provided to your emergency contact via your message. The bracelet is also equipped with a microphone that, if previously set up, will record on activation.

Safelet is an alarm bracelet protection device that could help women all over the world feel safer and more secure. Additionally, even though women might most benefit from this device, men could use it too. Currently, the bracelets are still in production. However, they can be reserved for less than one hundred dollars, which is a good deal less than what the (estimated) final price will be. When available, they will be offered with global shipping.

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