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Want to Keep Your Passwords Safe & Your Accounts Protected? Here’s How

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Passwords are the bane of modern existence. Most of us have dozens or hundreds of accounts with passwords to keep track of. A large amount of people are probably also using use the same, easy passwords for each of these accounts. Don’t be ashamed if that’s you, because lots of people do it. Just be prepared to listen.

If you are using the same, simple passwords for all of your accounts, you are making yourself much more vulnerable to an attack. This means that threat actors can work their way into your personal or business accounts, and wreak havoc to both your life and your company. If you want to minimize the chances of this happening, then you need to know about how passwords can be stolen and the best ways to protect them.

How Do Attackers Get People’s Passwords?

To understand the best ways to protect your passwords, you need to know how attackers acquire them in the first place. Their methods can be simple, such as looking at the Post-it notes on someone’s monitor, or they may work in a place where they have access to customer passwords (such as the operators you talk to when you call up your bank). If these individuals abuse their positions and save customer passwords, they can try to use them on other accounts owned by the same customer, which is one reason that you should have separate passwords for each account.

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Master Password Encryption in FireFox and Thunderbird

Friday, February 27th, 2009

firefox-logoIf you are allowing Mozilla FireFox or Thunderbird to remember passwords to web sites and/or email accounts in their Password Manager tool, you should know that these passwords are all stored in a plain text file (base64 encoded) on your computer’s disk drive.  This file is accessible to anyone with administrative access to your computer.  If you have any concerns about the possibility of other people accessing your computer and this gaining easy access to copies of the passwords that you are using, you really need to employ the “Master Password” feature of these programs.

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