Archive for May, 2013


Effectively delete files

When you delete a file, depending on your operating system and your settings, the file may be transferred to your trash or recycle bin. This “holding area” essentially protects you from yourself—if you accidentally delete a file, you can easily restore it. An unauthorized person will also be able to retrieve it. Does your recycle [...]

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Know your IMEI?

#06# on your phone’s keypad, and it will display a 15 digit number. Make a record of that number, it is your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number; and, if the phone is lost or stolen, the phone can be identified even if a new SIM card is added. Your provider can also block others [...]

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Avoid opening email attachments

If you MUST open an attachment received in an email, make sure the email was sent from a known source. Read the accompanying email text to make sure it really sounds like it came from the apparent sender — check for a signature and other recognized patterns. SANS Home– View the Original article

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Don’t tell anybody your password

Waidele.info”, saying they needed my password for maintenance, and if I did not go to a webpage and give it to them, they would suspend my account. As it turns out, I’m the one in charge of “waidele.info” — so I’m the one who gives out accounts and does maintenance. Things might have ended differently [...]

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Only deal with reputable companies that you know and trust

At the very least be sure the company has a physical address and phone number. If you haven’t done business with the company before, visit the Better Business Bureau online (http://www.bbbonline.org) and do some research. Check the company’s website for feedback from previous customers. April 18, 2013 Don’t tell anybody your password This warning includes [...]

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Just because your company’s spam filter, virus filter and other defenses let an email through, doesn’t mean it’s harmless

Last year, one organization narrowly avoided a virus infestation. Alerts led them to the email in-boxes of the virus authors. To sneak in a virus, hackers used encrypted zip files, which went past filters because they couldn’t be scanned. The organization caught it with the very last line of defense — desktop antivirus software, which [...]

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Use a password in only one place.

Reusing passwords or using the same password all over the place is like carrying one key that unlocks your house, your car, your office, your briefcase, and your safety deposit box. If you reuse passwords for more than one computer, account, website, or other secure system, keep in mind that all of those computers, accounts, [...]

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Don’t Let Spammers See Your “Out of Office” Replies

Configuring your email program to automatically return “Out of Office” notifications to email senders is good for internal mail system users, but it can provide confirmation of an email address to a spammer, if permitted to leave the corporate network. Configure your message replies to recognize only trusted domain addresses or block your notifications outbound [...]

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Don’t check “remember my password” boxes

Numerous programs offer the option of “remembering” your password. Unfortunately, many of them have no built-in security measures to protect that information. Some programs actually store the password in clear text in a file on the computer. This means anyone with access to the computer can read the password. It’s best to retype your password [...]

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Keep your password secret

Your password is like your bank account PIN – if you give your PIN to someone else, your bank is unlikely to pay you back if it is used to steal from your account. Likewise, your company expects you to use your password to stop others misusing your computer account. If you share your password, [...]

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