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Using Facebook Apps and a Secure Connection

by Barbara J. Feldman August 23, 2011

When Facebook started offering secure browsing, through the use of https://www.facebook.com they created another problem: many Facebook apps do NOT offer a secure connection option, and therefore to use them, you need to turn off SSL for the rest of your session. To better understand the implications, read this article from Simple Help.

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How to Keep Your Gmail Account Secure

by Barbara J. Feldman July 12, 2011

To help you keep your Gmail account secure, Gmail lists recent sessions at the bottom of your inbox. There you can view recent account activity, and also see if your Gmail account is still logged in another session. If you do see another open session (maybe its simply your laptop?) there is a link to […]

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Data Leak at Facebook Compromises Users Information

by Barbara J. Feldman May 31, 2011

Facebook users learned of a data leak earlier this month, when Symantec released details about how advertisers and other third-parties had inadvertent access to your personal information. The bottom line is that by changing your Facebook password now you can stop any additional private information from being leaked.

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Do Complex Passwords Really Ensure Security?

by Barbara J. Feldman May 11, 2011

Contrary to the commonly offered advice to use complex passwords to ensure security, Baekdal makes a good argument for using a more easily remembered password that is still very hard to guess by using phrases with spaces or dashes between the words. He gives examples by demonstrating how long it would take to crack a […]

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Google and Facebook Offer Enhanced Security

by Barbara J. Feldman April 27, 2011

Because our online accounts have become so important, both Google/Gmail and Facebook now offer two-step verification for enhanced security. The basic concept in two-step security is that in addition to your username and password, whenever you login into a new machine/browser you will verify your identity with a single use verification code that is sent […]

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How To Identify Safe Websites Using the URL

by Barbara J. Feldman April 13, 2011

Understanding URL addresses is an important part of online security. When evaluating a link, how do you differentiate the domain name from the rest of the link? For example, does http://www.example.com/paypal.com go to PayPal.com? What about http://paypal.com:user@example.com? To learn the ins-and-outs of link security read Ask Leo’s phishing article “How do I know that this […]

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