Category Archives: Advisory

Picking Apart Passwords

Clearing up some misconceptions on passwords and some suggestions on picking stronger passwords.

Decorative Image, password textIf you want to interact with a website rather than just browsing, you’re probably going to have to create an account and that account is probably going to be protected with a password.  Some websites ask for more information than the average census but a username and password will be the basics.

Typically then we each deal with several passwords on a daily basis but passwords are not without risk.  Here I look at the problems with passwords and a few tricks for picking strong yet memorable passwords…

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Protecting your computer, the basics

Some suggestions on how to improve the security of your computer.

Decorative Image, PC Firewall WebWith the increasing number of threats that are spreading across the web it can be difficult to know how best to protect your computer. What do you need to protect against? Will one tool protect you on all fronts? Do you get what you pay for in a tool? Can a free tool be good enough?

I’ll try to answer these questions and give some idea of what to look out for…

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Cleaning up an infection

Some suggestions on how to recover from an infection to your computer.

Decorative virus imageSo the worst has happened and despite taking all of the usual precautions, your computer has become infected.  What do you do now?  Can you get back to normal?  How can you stop it from happening again?

Well first and foremost you have to accept that you may not be able to fully recover your computer; you may have to completely wipe it and start all over again.  At this point I hope you’ve been taking regular backups of any important files and that you know the passwords for any on-line accounts (more on this at another time).

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HTTPS and how it can help you

An insight into secure web browsing. Part 1.

Decorative Image, padlockMost of us send a huge amount of information across the web every day.  Some of it is casual, some personal, some of it is private and confidential.  Much like talking to a friend, doctor or bank manager you probably wouldn’t want a stranger listening to your conversations.  HTTPS helps to protect your conversations and my aim here is not so much to explain how it works (hint: it’s pretty technical) but to help you to understand how to take advantage of it.

I should point out that HTTPS is not without flaws.  It is not a panacea, it will not protect us from websites being compromised and you will still have to be alert to the dangers on the web.

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