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Jeremy Wheeler

To Plug Or Not To Plug?

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OK – this one is simple. Just like you wouldn’t trust anyone with your passwords, don’t trust any machine or device that you don’t explicitly own. A little background… I was traveling this past week for business and I happened upon a machine billed as a ‘rapid charger’ for your mobile device. I took notice of the 12 cables of varying connectors protruding from the front of it and thought to myself, “Hmm… I wonder what they’re connected to on the other side?” And as I was completing that thought I immediately jumped to, “Nope – I wouldn’t trust this…

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Windows XP and Server 2003. But they WORK! Why upgrade?

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For those tech savvy readers out there, isn’t it a blessing and a curse to be your family’s on-demand help desk for trivial computer issues? On one hand it’s great to be able to perform Harry Potter-caliber wizardry to fix that pesky printer because your mother-in-law somehow deleted its driver or be able to recover lost data because you knew Office had an auto-recover feature that your brother wasn’t aware of. Ah, but all good things eventually do come to an end and there inevitably comes a time when you have to deliver some less-than-wanted news. I had the misfortune…

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Two factors are twice the headache. Why the hassle?

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A few weeks ago I posted an article about password vigilance and why it’s important to maintain a healthy portfolio of different and complex passwords for your various accounts. That way if one system was hacked and usernames/passwords were stolen then only that system’s data would be at risk. In the event of a compromised password you can easily change it and not worry about other accounts that perhaps share that same username. Simply update the account and your password manager. Case closed. Move on. I also mentioned that you should use two factor authentication if an application offers it….

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Password Lessons from Starbucks

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Once again, there is a battle between security and convenience. Unfortunately this time it affects anyone who enjoys the simplicity of buying a latté with their smartphone. Bob Sullivan, an investigative journalist, reported that Starbucks consumers are being victimized by criminals who transfer funds leveraging the auto-reload capability of the mobile app. The theft starts with a username and password change outside of business hours, followed by a series of increasing account fund reloads – all within a matter of minutes. Criminals can steal hundreds of dollars without the victim realizing that it’s already too late. This was a relatively…

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