According to the common wisdom on passwords, you should pick different passwords for different accounts. But if your way of remembering your passwords is to make them slight variations of one another, you could be making hackers’ lives easier than you might think.
PDF, Flash, and Java: the Most Dangerous File Types
After ten years of study, researchers concluded that security holes in Adobe and Java are responsible for 66 percent of all vulnerabilities actively exploited in Windows. Vendors patch these flaws as quickly as they can, but their hard work doesn’t help if you don’t stay up to date.
Botnet Swipes Two Million Passwords, Most Of Them Were Really Bad
The article talks about a Botnet that stole two million passwords, but the amazing thing was how bad many of the passwords were! “Among the worst were: 123456, 123456789, 1234 and, “password.” I know that nobody you know is using “password” for a password, right? Right. Now go change it. Sheesh.
Here’s a good article from PCWorld on why XP users need to move on. It was great, but it’s time to go!
“Windows XP holdouts: 3 reasons you must upgrade now. Yes, now.”