Most people use a simple English word as their password, like “potato.” But real words are easy for hackers to crack — once the first couple of letters are found, the hacker’s computer can immediately fill in all the words that start with those letters. Here’s a better way:
A reader shared her computer disaster and we want to pass on the warning. Her iPhone broke and she spent five hours at the Apple store before the guys at the “Genius Bar” (they really do have a “genius bar”) suggested she get a new one. Fortunately, she’d copied her contacts and appointments from her phone onto her Windows PC. Unfortunately, during backup, she didn’t notice a small box that was already checked and automatically encrypted the contents. Later, she didn’t remember the password to undo the encryption. “Keep trying to think of the password,” said the guys at genius bar. (Don’t think we need a genius for that advice.) Frustrated, she tried the $29 “iPhone Backup Extractor,” from Download.com, […]
In the Android world of tablets and phones, game costs pile up. We heard about a child who spent $70 on her new adventure game before mother caught on. Most of the money for these games goes for buying “equipment.” Like: everybody needs a light sword these days. Where have you been?
There are several programs that will save your passwords and other critical private information — and they promise to be uncrackable too. We dutifully try as many as come in, and have come to the conclusion that you can do just as well on your own.
One in five hacked logins match Microsoft accounts. What’s happening is that people sign in to their Xbox, Skydrive, Messenger, Hotmail and other accounts with the same user name and password. In short, it may not be a good idea to use the same password for lots of different apps.
LastPass removes all passwords saved by your computer when you surf the web, so hackers can’t get at them. It also saves an encrypted version of your password list online and automatically fills in your passwords when you visit your favorite sties.
Everyone touts RoboForm Password Manager as a free online service for saving passwords. A new one we tried is PassPack.com, another free service that saves every password securely online. Sit down at any computer and recover those hard-to-remember passwords and “pin” numbers. You can also safely send passwords to colleagues, or share private messages. Start by logging in to PassPack and clicking on an icon to copy your password information to your clipboard. To paste it into your account, you can hold down “CNTRL” and tap the “V” key in Windows, or the Command and V keys on the Mac. The service has an option that lets you log-in automatically to all your favorite accounts as soon as you sign […]