Are Your Online Accounts 2FA Protected?

hackers1Let’s face it.  We all keep fighting the good fight, but every time we hear a news story about HaCkErS a shudder runs through our brains.  And moreover, we wonder whether we, or the companies have any control over our security ONLINE.  After all, we can have super passwords and usernames, but if the companies where we use those keys to get access to our information are not well-prepared to protect us, what are we to do?

Have you heard the term Multifactor Authentication also known as 2FA?  Many companies use only one of three factors to protect access to your bank accounts, credit accounts, etc.:

  1.  username / password
  2. Codes/ID cards (e.g. Plastic cards that provide entry to doorways)
  3. Biometric credentials (e.g. Fingerprints)

Just as some users don’t want the inconvenience of having to do two or three steps to use their online accounts, some companies are not eager to add ‘Two Factor Strong Authentication‘ for entry into their systems/accounts because it increases the overhead for Security by having to hire more tech support.

If this is a cause of concern to you visit the website: http://twofactorauth.org/ .  This website provides a list of companies that do and don’t offer Multifactor Authentication.  It is a surprise to learn which companies and banks do not have upgraded login security.

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Other things you can do:

  1. Do not allow websites to save your password.
  2. Check out what Bob Sullivan has to say about this. What does the Hold Security billion-password story mean for you?
    via A billion stolen passwords? No reason to freak — just take these reasonable steps — Bob Sullivan.
  3. Don’t panic! Change your credentials regularly.
  4. Check out new ways people are exploring to protect their passwords:  LaunchKey is the quick, private and secure way to sign in or authenticate without passwords by utilizing multi-factor authentication on your smartphone or tablet. Simply pair your device and login on any LaunchKey-enabled website or application with only a swipe of your finger. via LaunchKey on the App Store on iTunes.

Be careful out there!

Where’s your car? Find it with APPs

Ok BabyBoomers, this question is for you :) :

What did you do the last time you parked your car, and when you went to pick it up you could not remember where to look for the car?   Did the BabyBoomer friends you were having all that fun with recall where you parked the car?

Did you spend an hour trying to remember the last place you saw it or did you think it was stolen?  You would be surprised to know that “we are not alone” when it comes to finding our cars after a fun time.  It apparently happens often enough that some APP makers thought it would be a good thing to create a few APPs to help us out.

Check out these memory helpers if you think you might want to use one of these apps, and save yourself the headache of trying to find your car on your own next time.

Find My Car! Find My Car! is a simple application that uses GPS location services to help you find your car. You will never forget where you parked!

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 How to use:

1.  Open Find My Car! application and save your car position on the map. You can also take a picture and associate a short description to help fully document the parking spot.

2.  To find your car again, open the application and locate your last car position on the map different zoom levels available.

The distance to your car is displayed in real time as you walk in the street! You can also see the best walking direction from your current position to your parked location.  iPhone users click here to download via Find My Car! iPhone Application.

Note:  Click here if you have an Android Phone: via Find My Car – Android Apps on Google Play.

I hope this is helpful :)

 

Deadwood: When is the last time you cleaned up your Apps?

Fyi_33Deadwood: We’ve all heard the word and what it implies. But, have you ever thought that you could be in support of it?

I read an article by Nick Bilton of the New York Times recently about Apps, which have access to your social accounts.

Here are some of the main points of his article.

  • Many Apps have access to your social accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and most likely you have given them permission to see everything you’re doing online.
  • You probably have Apps that you have not used in six months (or more).  Those Apps should have their access revoked to your Tweets, Likes, and your location.
  • Check out the Twitter’s Applications page to see what Apps and services have access to your Twitter profile.  Here’s the link for Twitter’s guidelines:
    http://support.twitter.com/articles/76052-connecting-or-revoking-third-party-applications

Below are some screenshots of what that looks like:

1)  After signing into your account look for the Settings Icon and click it:

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2)    After you click the settings link you will be directed to a list which has various options: Account, Security and privacy, Password etc. 

Look for the Apps link and click it.

There you will have a list of apps listing which rights they have to your information.  Click the Revoke Access buttons to remove the apps rights.

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When is the last time you looked at what Apps have access to your social accounts?

Use this link to read Nick Bilton’s article: Spring Cleaning Who Has Access to Your Data – NYTimes.com.

I hope this is helpful :)

Job APPS Savvy

mobile productivityThere is no longer any doubt that in today’s world often we use technology to help us with our lives. As a matter of fact, JOB HUNTING is no longer done in the old-fashioned way, and I don’t mean newspapers. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the on-line application process.  Making your way through the many application requirements, and then hoping that you will be among the very lucky prospective candidates to get a response can be frustrating, to say the least.

I recently learned about new Mobile APPS, which help job hunters searching for jobs using their mobile devices, and makes this application process,  and search, quicker by providing the following features:

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Below are some recommendations for mobile job apps.  You can read the full article by clicking the NYTimes.com link.

Glassdoor app: One of the simplest job-seeking apps is Glassdoor’s Job Search, Salaries and Company Reviews — free on iOS and Android. Think of a quick-hit news reporting service that only reports on new job openings and you’re close to understanding how this app works.via Remember Want Ads for Jobs? Now You Find Them on a Phone – NYTimes.com.

 Click this link to read about and install the  iOS free app
 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glassdoor-job-search-salaries/id589698942?mt=8

 Click this link to read about and install the  Android free app
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glassdoor.app

CareerBuilder’s Jobs app: Free on iOS and Android and for Kindle devices. Like Glassdoor, CareerBuilder has a neat design that makes browsing the various job listings pleasant. But it also has some sophisticated features, like being able to calculate commuting distances based on your phone’s GPS data. You can upload your résumé to Career Builder and even apply for some positions directly through the app. On the iPad you can also see basic data on how many people are competing for a job. via Remember Want Ads for Jobs? Now You Find Them on a Phone – NYTimes.com.

 Click this link to read about and install the  iOS free app
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id524123670?mt=8&&referrer=click%3D6c9dcf3f-8dc8-4fde-b9a4-5153e1f57418

 Click this link to read about and install the  Android free app
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.careerbuilder.SugarDrone&hl=en

I hope this is helpful :)

Passwords Conversations

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OK, let’s be honest with each other. How many passwords do you have?  For myself,  I’ve lost count.  Seriously, do you know where all your passwords are?  Maybe you have them on a  post-it, or two.  Chances are it’s becoming more and more difficult for you to keep track of them; especially since experts recommend passwords should be changed at least every six months.

Things To Do

A. You can read about a password generator app (Wolfram)  from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wolfram-password-generator/id479550619?mt=8

B. Symantec suggests that we use mnemonic phrases to create passwords. Examples of  mnemonic phrases might include a phrase spelled phonetically, such as ‘ImaKat!’ (instead of ‘I’m a cat!’) or the first letters of a memorable phrase such as ‘qbfjold*’ = “quick brown fox jumped over lazy dog.” You can read more at http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/simplest-security-guide-better-password-practices

C. If you’re running out of ideas about how to keep up this very important responsibility, you may want to use an App to help you organize/protect your passwords. This method may be a little difficult for Baby Boomers to embrace; however, I have learned recently that Echo Boomers use their smartphones to do all kinds of things. Two examples are banking and paying the check at the restaurant.  And yes, some of them think that the use of Apps to protect their identities is the best way to handle this important chore.  That brings me to an article I read about Apps that manage all of this information in one place. Below is a brief summary of available Apps you can use to help you with passwords.  You can click the link below to read the article.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/technology/personaltech/apps-to-protect-your-array-of-passwords.html?_r=0

D. Password Security Suggestions:   1) Use a different password for the websites that you visit frequently. 2) Use a Password Manager.

E.Password Managers:
1password. Read a review at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408348,00.asp

Lastpass.  Free! Read a review at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2426798,00.asp

Onesafe.  ios App.  Read a review at: http://webapprater.com/reviews/onesafe-ios-app-provides-full-security.html

Keeper. Free! Read about it at:  https://keepersecurity.com/

I hope this is helpful! :)

Still Using XP Operating System?

XP_operating systemSome of you may remember the Post I did about the XP Operating System (O/S). If you’re not sure what  OS you have on your PC, you may want to look at that Post. http://tech4boomers.com/2012/07/16/os-what-operating-system/ .

If you are still running the XP Operating System, I suggest you check the information below at your earliest convenience. Then click the link at the end for other details.

  • The end of Windows XP Support does not mean your computer will not work; however, new bugs after April 2014 will not be supported.
  • Many computers still running XP after April 2014 will be hit with viruses.  In addition, the cost to fix the issues will be higher. Experts agree that it is best not to use your computer with the XP Operating System after April 2014.
  • Migrating to Windows 7 may not be too hard  to navigate.  Windows 8 has a harder learning curve.bug_XP

Read more at:

http://www.zdnet.com/where-can-you-go-next-after-windows-xp-7000021885/

Back To School Technology Tips…

canstockphoto15263592Could it be that the time is actually upon us to think about purchasing ‘Back to School’ items for our Echo-Boomers (children or grandchildren  of Baby Boomers)?  However, it may seem (or not), once again the time has arrived for us to make decisions about Laptops, Apps, Cell Phones, and other mobile devices for the new school year.
With that in mind, I looked around for some of the best HELP I could find on the Web, which I think will help you in making informed decisions.  Make sure to click the links at the end of each suggestion for more details.
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  1. Find age-appropriate movies, books, apps, TV shows, video games, websites, and music that you and your kids will love. Browse our library of more than 18,500 reviews by age, via Parent reviews, Family reviews | Common Sense Media.
  2. Make sure to read the Common Sense Media Blog. Click the link:  Making Sense – Common Sense Media Blog | Common Sense Media.
Below is a list of discount programs. Make sure to click the link for more details.
  1. Amazon StudentFor college students.  Amazon offers students a free six-month trial of Amazon Student to those with a valid .edu e-mail address (or you can provide proof of your student status). It includes free two-day shipping, deals and promotions exclusively for students, and a $10 credit when you refer a friend. After six months, you get a discount on Amazon Prime ($39 instead of $79 a year), which adds unlimited video streaming and the ability to borrow books on a Kindle.
  2. Apple Store for Education. For college students and their parents. You can buy a Mac and get a $100 App Store Gift Card. If you buy an iPad or iPad mini for school, you’ll get a $50 App Store gift card. And currently Apple’s offering free shipping on any school supplies.
  3. BestBuy.com College Student Deals Find the best laptop or desktop for your needs and budget with our computer buying guide and Ratings. via Back to school: Discounts on computers and other electronics – Yahoo! Finance.
  4. For college students. Best Buy has discounts on computers and lots of other accessories; currently, you can get $100 off MacBooks and iMacs, and 10 percent off some touch-screen all-in-one computers plus free shipping, for example. Sign up with your .edu student e-mail address, and the store then sends coupon codes that you enter online at checkout.
  5. In 2013, every student — from the first-grader learning to read to the graduate student writing a thesis — needs a full-fledged Mac or PC laptop.Tablets can be helpful for taking notes in class or doing some quick research, but when you want to get that term paper done, you need the real keyboard, screen and operating system that only a laptop can provide. Here are 8 tips to help you find the right student laptop for any age and course of study. via 8 Laptop Buying Tips for Students | LAPTOP Magazine.
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  1. Smartphone Buyers’ Guide 2013: 7 Things You Need to Know via Smartphone Buyers Guide 2013: 7 Things You Need to Know.
  2.  Consumer Reports Guidelines are at the link below:
    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/computers.htm?EXTKEY=AYAHRE02

I hope this is helpful :)