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Keeping Your Personal Information Safe from Intrusion

 “We hack everyone everywhere,” says IT contractor turned whistleblower Snowden.   Recently, former CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked information that shows that the US government is spying not just rival countries but even on its own citizens. “You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying,” Snowden reveals.    We will not delve into the political significance of such a revelation. But this bit of information highlights the need to take measures to keep your personal information safe.     Keeping Your Personal Information Safe Online   A post on USA.gov’s blog advises citizens to 1) choose strong passwords, 2) only access personal information through secure connections (avoid free and public wi-fi) and 3) always read the privacy policy    Let’s discuss each of these.    Strong Passwords   A strong password must be a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Cracking passwords is now considered to be just a hobby for amateurs. It makes sense to make your passwords hard to crack and change them often.    Most people have the same password on all sites that they register to. The problem is that it’s not easy to...
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Password Security Tips

Passwords. The world online is littered with them, from shopping to banking information to even booking a gym session, users can't click without a password. Gate-keepers of our personal information, passwords provide protection; a buffer between private and public. That's until they fall into the wrong hands. Over the past few months, several big names have had password problems. First up it was the social media giants Twitter. Fresh off the back of its record 20 million US election tweets, later many Twitter users found they couldn't access their accounts and had received emails advising them to reset their passwords. The company denied there it being to do with a security issue, with a statement on its blog reporting that it was just an on-going part of the brand's user protection. It also stated that when it looks like a user's account has been compromised, Twitter resets the password. But it added that, in this instance, more had been reset than was necessary. Then, a few weeks later, it was the turn of communications company Skype. The Microsoft-owned brand, which is used by some 250 million people, experienced a security issue that had the potential to lock users out of their...
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Security Tips for Bloggers

A blog can easily be hacked if the proper security measures are not taken. Depending on what platform a blog is hosted on might make it more susceptible to attack. If the blog is self hosted, not on Blogger or WordPress.com, it's definitely more vulnerable. The personal information of the blogger and its subscribers is at risk. The good news is that there are plenty of security steps a blogger can take to protect their site. Most of the tips are very basic and can be done by anyone. Other tips might require a little bit of coding know-how to make the necessary changes. And remember security isn't just a one-time thing, it's important to stay aware of current security threats and make changes as the security threats morph. Software Updates Staying current on the latest software updates for your blog is essential to its security. Take WordPress for example, they're always looking for ways to improve the structure of WordPress. Part of those upgrades include the most up-to-date protections against hackers who are constantly trying to break in and do damage. WordPress has an automatic upgrade option. Anytime a new plugin is released it can be automatically downloaded and upgraded on your blog....
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