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Windows 7: Security Tips & Talk

07 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 
Security Tips & Talk

Even though I have found that I can get a lot of information on current events in the world of computer security via Twitter, I still have a large list of sites I subscribe to via RSS. One such site is Microsoft's Security Tips & Talk.

The latest post is quoted below as an example of the helpful information provided for home computer users.
Quote:
What is screen scraping?

Screen scraping is the act of taking all the information that a person has posted on their Web site or social networking page and then using the information to break into the userís account or to commit some other fraud involving identity theft.

Social networking Web sites such as Facebook have grown exponentially in the past few years, and itís not uncommon for people to post personal pictures and reveal personal information about themselves. People often prefer Facebook to traditional blogs because information is usually only available to people that they choose. However, if cybercriminals gain access to your Web site or social networking page, they can use screen scraping to steal your information and can pose as you. For more information about this type of scam, see Scammers exploit Facebook friendships.

You can use strong passwords and learn techniques to avoid social engineering scams, but the best way to prevent the negative effects of screen scraping is to minimize the amount of information that you post online.

Here are a few tips:


Do not post anything online that you would not want made public.
Minimize details that identify you or your whereabouts.
Keep your account numbers, user names, and passwords secret.

For more information, see the following articles:


Protect your privacy on the Internet
Your information on the Internet: what you need to know
How to reduce the risk of online fraud
Help protect yourself against phishing scams and identity theft



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07 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah. I'm the go to guy for friends and family when they have computer issues. So people give me their passwords, and I cringe when 99% of them give me their password and it's their first child's name in all lowercase. And a picture of that kid is on all their websites, facebook etc with their name under it.
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07 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Thanks Corrine, I hadn't seen this one before although I do have a few of Microsoft's newsletters in my RSS Feeds.
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07 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
Yeah. I'm the go to guy for friends and family when they have computer issues. So people give me their passwords, and I cringe when 99% of them give me their password and it's their first child's name in all lowercase. And a picture of that kid is on all their websites, facebook etc with their name under it.
*tut* some people... only one person has my passwords, and thats my girlfriend, and even then i have to remind her every time she wants to use one,
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07 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

The only person who has my passwords are me, even my husband doesn't know them.
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07 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Desslok, I hope you take the opportunity to explain to them the importance of strong passwords.

Thanks, Joan! Security Tips & Talk has been a long-time favorite. I hope you've subscribed now.

Same here, Joan. Not even my husband has any of my passwords. Then again, I'm not sure he'd figure out how to start up any of our computers. I also have a different pw for every site. I may need to provide instructions in my will on what to do with my computers if something happens to me.
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07 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Same here, Joan. Not even my husband has any of my passwords. Then again, I'm not sure he'd figure out how to start up any of our computers. I also have a different pw for every site. I may need to provide instructions in my will on what to do with my computers if something happens to me.
i can imagine that, tbh the only reason she has the passwords is because invariably it is yours truly who sets everything up, so once its done its just "right the password is such and such" so while i say they are my passwords because i come up with them and set them, but in truth their her passwords, she just never bothers to change them from whatever i have set them as
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07 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Desslok, I hope you take the opportunity to explain to them the importance of strong passwords.

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Yes I do. For most people that I know won't remember something from the strong password generator. I help them come up with a passphrase that will be easy for them to remember. Then I explain to them to use at least 1 cap and substitute at least 1 letter with a numb3r, and end with a special character. THat way it is easy enough for most people, but still pretty strong. All without telling me what it is.
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07 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

My passwords are all kept in a locked One Note folder on a bit-locker encrypted flash drive. That way, I only have to remember 1 password.
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07 Apr 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

No one has my passwords either. My husband can turn on the computer and click the Google search icon ... that's pretty much the extent of his computer experience.
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