ESPN reports LA Lakers Bryon Scott Instagram Account hacked

For details, please check this link – http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/42618/lakers-scott-claims-instagram-account-was-hacked.

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Amazon – 3 Steps to keep your account from getting hacked

Amazon is one of the more popular e-commerce companies who offer a variety of services. This is another area where you should consider implementing a strong password and two factor authentication to keep you from loosing access to Amazon. Follow the steps outlined here to help prevent that from happening.

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Microsoft One Drive – 3 steps to keep your account from getting hacked

Microsoft One Drive is a cloud storage drive where you can keep files without having to worry where your flash drive is. It should be protected just like any other online account that you have. By following the steps I have outlined, you will do as much as you can to keep others from trying to get into your account. If you have a Skype account and have enabled Two Factor Authentication there, you are already ready to go. The instructions are listed here with minor changes so that those who don’t use Skype but use One Drive will be able to setup this same level of protection.

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GoDaddy – 3 steps to keep your account from getting hacked

GoDaddy is one of the more popular web hosting companies who offer a variety of services. This is another area where you should consider implementing a strong password and two factor authentication to keep you from loosing access to the services you are getting from GoDaddy. Follow the steps outlined here to help prevent that from happening.

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Dropbox – 4 steps to keep your account from getting hacked

1. Use a Strong Password

DropboxFor those that aren’t familiar with this term, a Strong Password is one that contains (where permitted by the website or service) a combination lower case letters, uppercase letters, numbers, punctuation or other special characters to make up a password. The longer the password is, the long it will take for someone to guess or hack your password. This is an area where I am probably as guilty as everyone else is on this. I have a “favorite” password or two that I liked to use in the past. This kept me from having to have a way to keep track of all the passwords that I used on different websites. With more websites adding additional layers of security such as challenge questions, etc., I have had to start using a password manager app to help keep track of the different passwords, the challenge questions and answers used on a particular website, the recovery procedure if I am locked out of a website, what additional login procedures I have used for that site, etc. Continue reading

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PALADIN TOOLS – PA1461 – PRO-GRIP CRIMPER, 4-INDENT D-SUB (20-12 AWG)

Amazon Price: $70.34 (as of February 6, 2016 4:28 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

PRO-GRIP CRIMPER, 4-INDENT D-SUB (20-12 AWG) Crimp Size:20AWG to 12AWG For Use With:4-Indent Crimping of Closed-Barrel D Subminiature Contacts RoHS Compliant: NA

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Fluke Networks 10055200 D814 Series Impact Punch Down Tool with EverSharp 110 & EverSharp 66 Blade

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The D814 Series punch down tool is an industry standard punchdown tool and incredibly durable. It accepts standard industry blades and is lightweight and easy to use. Its adjustable impact wheel has high and low settings for any type of termination. Automatic spring mechanism provides right impact to seat and/or terminate wires. The compartment at the end of the tool stores an extra blade for your convenience.

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Paladin Tools 9010531 Data Ready Toolkit, AMP/Krone Version

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PALADIN TOOLS – PA901066 – LAN TEST KIT

Amazon Price: $249.99 (as of February 6, 2016 4:30 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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Tumblr – 5 steps to keep your account from getting hacked

1. Use a Strong Password

tumblrFor those that aren’t familiar with this term, a Strong Password is one that contains (where permitted by the website or service) a combination lower case letters, uppercase letters, numbers, punctuation or other special characters to make up a password. The longer the password is, the long it will take for someone to guess or hack your password. This is an area where I am probably as guilty as everyone else is on this. I have a “favorite” password or two that I liked to use in the past. This kept me from having to have a way to keep track of all the passwords that I used on different websites. With more websites adding additional layers of security such as challenge questions, etc., I have had to start using a password manager app to help keep track of the different passwords, the challenge questions and answers used on a particular website, the recovery procedure if I am locked out of a website, what additional login procedures I have used for that site, etc.

I use a password manager app called mSecure. It is a multi platform (i.e. Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, etc) app so that you have close to the same interface regardless of how you are using it. It also has several different ways to synchronize the password database so that you should also have the same version of the login information on each of your devices that you use it on. There are a variety of apps to choose from in this area, so look for the one that best works for you.

2. Use a Unique Password

This one will be a bit of a pain but the time taken to do this will pay off in the long run. Look at it this way, if one of your logins on a particular site is compromised or hacked, you have taken a step to minimize the potential for additional website logins to be breached as well. Most password manager apps have the functionality of helping you generate a unique password. There are other apps that do this as well. A search of the app store for your phone or the internet for you laptop/desktop should show you some options to look at.

Different websites have different rules for how you can make your password strong. Some will let you use “special” characters such as * or +, others wont let you use those characters but will make sure that you dont use a password that can be looked up as a dictionary word. Some will not allow the same character or number to be used repeatedly. Remember, the more uniqueness you can have in a password makes it that much more difficult for someone to hack your account.

3. Enabling Two Factor Authentication

  • Click “Settings” under the Account menu (looks like the outline of a head and shoulders of a person) at the top of the Dashboard.
  • In the Security section, enable “Two-factor authentication.”
  • Enter your phone number.
  • Enter the password for your account
  • You will receive a 6 digit code that you will enter to confirm that you have received the code
  • Now decide whether you’d like to receive the code via text or through an authenticator app (we’re into Google Authenticator). We recommend both in case you need to use one as a backup.
  • Click the button beside Generate code via Authenticator App.
  • Take a screen shot of the QR code and file in a safe place noting the service and user id associated with it
  • Follow the procedure for the authenticator app you are using to activate the QR code while it still valid

4. Application Passwords

There are times such as when you link your Tumblr account with something like IFTTT and using 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) won’t be an option. This is where an application password will be useful. You will want to generate a different Application Password for each situation like this that you have. In that way, if one app does get compromised, you have the ability to block access from that app without having to redo your authentication setup.

5. Email about account activity

This is an option that I like to take advantage of when it is available. It serves as a check and balance on your existing authentication settings so that if you start getting emails about account activity, you know that it is something that you need to take a look at. You can always turn it off at a later date but if you aren’t getting a flood of emails about logins, then it would hurt to leave it enabled.

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