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How to Protect Your Smartphone from Online Threats

Every day, hundreds of people have their smartphone hacked, exposing important data like contacts and even credit card details to criminals that prey upon poorly protected phones.

Whenever your phone connects to the internet, it is at risk from hacking by data thieves that target phones in particular, as they contain nearly all of our important information such as passwords, emails and even the login details to online banking apps.

Fortunately, there are a few steps anyone can take to protect their phones from harm and recover their data if their smartphone is damaged or locked my malicious software.

Use a Virtual Private Network App When Connected to Public Wi-Fi

When you are using public Wi-Fi, such as when you are at a hotel or café, your phone is at risk of being hacked by someone else using that network. Some data thieves are known to connect to these networks regularly in order to steal credit card information from shoppers and tourists.

Virtual Private Networks encrypt and conceal your web traffic, even when using a public Wi-Fi network. These services can also be used from home to protect your online shopping and browsing there, giving you extra peace of mind.

Use an App to Securely Back Up All of Your Smartphone’s Data

Sometimes when a phone is hacked, it can suddenly become corrupted and unusable, trapping your files like your phone numbers and personal photographs on the device. There are apps available that can back up data to an online cloud service, but sometimes they can be missing important and more recent files.

If you have data on a damaged or corrupted smartphone, there are services like mobile data recovery by Secure Data Recovery that can recover data from your device, sometimes even if it has been deleted by a hacking program.

Use a Password Manager to Encrypt and Generate Your Passwords

Our passwords are gatekeepers to a lot of our sensitive information such as emails and bank accounts. Too many people rely on using the same password, or maybe two or three, in order to log in to all their different accounts.

Password managers use encryption algorithms to generate complex passwords for you, and store them in a ‘digital safe’ in an app on your phone and online on a secure server. The password manager will auto-complete passwords on all your accounts, or they can be copy-and-pasted from the app to the login form. This means you have only one password to remember, the one that logs you into your password manager, and you can let it safely and securely do the rest.

We keep a large amount of sensitive data on our phones, and not just banking details and contact information. Your phone probably has hundreds of photos of friends and family, as well as pictures from social media accounts. This information needs to be protected, not just from theft, but also from accidents and problems with a smartphone’s components. With a few apps and the help of professionals, anyone can protect the data on their phone, and recover it if the worst happens.

Another Facebook security failure: millions of records leaked

540 million data records of Facebook users were compromised after third-party apps and sites stored the data on unsecured servers.

The leaked information included comments, likes, reactions, account names, and FB IDs, and some email addresses. The app called At The Pool even stored passwords of 22,000 users in plaintext.

Security expert tips: If you have used At The Pool, make sure you are not reusing the same password for any other accounts. All other Facebook users, beware of phishing attacks based on your account activity.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t use third-party Facebook apps. These apps collect data on Facebook and deliver it to third parties who may not be secure. If you don’t want your private data showing up on unsecured servers, don’t use any third-party apps on Facebook.

  • Don’t use Facebook. This is a tough ask for many users, but the arguments for leaving Facebook are growing. With more and more data breaches and suspicious activities coming to light every month, more people are questioning whether this free service is worth it.

  • Reduce your Facebook activity levels. The less time you spend on Facebook and the less you do on their platform, the less they know about you. When creating or editing your account, don’t provide them with any more data than they need to provide their service.

Reset your Adobe password to protect yourself

Got an email from Adobe, it recommend me to reset the password of Adobe ID. There is an security incident happened this month early. So to minimize the potential harm to user account, it is better to reset password.

Important Password Reset Information
To view this message in a language other than English, please click here.

As we announced on October 3, 2013, we recently discovered that an attacker illegally entered our network and may have obtained access to your Adobe ID and encrypted password. We currently have no indication that there has been unauthorized activity on your account.

To prevent unauthorized access to your account, we have reset your password. Please visit www.adobe.com/go/passwordreset to create a new password. We recommend that you also change your password on any website where you use the same user ID or password. In addition, please be on the lookout for suspicious email or phone scams seeking your personal information.

We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause you. We value the trust of our customers and are working aggressively to prevent these types of events from occurring in the future. If you have questions, you can learn more by visiting our Customer Alert page, which you will find here.

Adobe Customer Care

I entered my email address of my Adobe ID into the password reset page. It confirmed an email sent to me.
adobe-reset
Then, I checked email and found the email with reset link. I click the link and enter the new password. It confirmed there is another email to confirm the password is changed.

So everything is simple. Just follow the instruction of email to do reset your Adobe password to protect yourself.

3 Ways to Manage Your Online Passwords

The experts have loads of advise on how to make your passwords stronger. Most of it is bunk.
To Manage your Online Passwords, you can choose one of the best ways below or mix them.
1) Write them down
Just do it. I would like to say it is OK. You can image:What is the risk of someone being inside your house and getting access to your password, compared to choosing one that could be solved in three guesses by someone on the other side of the world?
2)Perform basic triage
You probably want to do everything you can to protect your online banking code. I am totally agree it, such as the password for your BOA account. “TttMeat9” is probably fine. Combine capital, small case, and number into a minimum 8-digits password.

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How to Synchonize files between two Dreamhost accounts

If you have two Dreamhost ftp account with SSH permission, and you want to transfer the content from account A to Account B, you need following script to do it.
It is simply one line shell command. I save it into a sh file. Schedule to run it every two hours.
Here is the script for you.
Name of Account A: ftp2010
Host name for ftp2010: hosting.mydomain.com
Name of Account B: ftp2011
Host name of ftp2011: hosting.yourdomain.com
The target is to transfer all files under ftp2010 to ftp2011 at hosting.yourdomain.com

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How to reset your webmin password

If you forgot your webmin password, you may need read following instruction which will show you how to reset it. Because I did it yesterday afternoon.
First, logon to the server via ssh and sudo as root user, or just ssh on server with your root user.
Second, say, you want to change or reset your password to [newpass].

/usr/libexec/webmin/changepass.pl /etc/webmin root newpass

After that, it will tell you,
Updated password of Webmin user root

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