We’ve discussed the basics of Cyber Security and also how to avoid being scammed by email hackers. Both of these articles highlighted the need for your passwords to be strong. But what we haven’t explained is how you’re supposed to keep track of these passwords. Let us introduce you to the concept of a password manager.
In our current cyber environment, hacking and cyber-attacks are taking place much more often than many business owners realise. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found that business scams were up more than 30 percent in 2016. According to Kaspersky Lab Security Bulletin 2016, a company is hit with ransomware every 40 seconds. These statistics can seem frightening, but the best first-level defence against hacking is a strong password.
It is no longer good enough to use your birthday, a name, etc. If your passwords aren’t strong enough, hackers and the software they use will be able to “guess” them. You need to have a strong, unique password for each of your online accounts. (For tips on creating a strong password, check back to our post on email scams).
Password managers are not just a way to store your passwords in a secure place, they can also generate these unique and complex passwords for you. You do, however, have to create and remember one master password, which will be the key to all of your password manager created passwords.
How does it work?
Your typical password manager will install a browser plug-in which will handle your password capture and replay. This way, each time you log in to a secure site, it will ask you if you want to save your password.
Using your super-strong master password, you gain access to the browser password manager, and then every time you log in to a new site, the password manager will help you create, save and store your passwords.
The best password managers will save your account details when you create the account and will also recognize when you change your password and offer to update the stored information.
What password managers to use
There are so many options when it comes to password managers, and depending on the level of security you think you require, you can get one for free or for a small fee.
A couple of free password managers:
Last Pass https://www.lastpass.com/
Free to use, with features such as two-factor authentication and free syncing, with a premium plan you can upgrade to for a small cost.
Log me once is also free, and claims that by using their Single Sign-On system, you increase your security by 300%. Log me once also uses a passwordless system, with four authentication options to choose from.
For more options, PC Mag has created an in-depth list of the best Password Managers of 2017, including both a Paid and Free list.
Have more questions about Password Managers or Cyber Security? Give us a call and speak with one of our knowledgeable Technical Engineers on (08) 9228 4118, or send us an email at .
At present there have been over 200 fake Australia Post websites detected that are spreading TorrentLocker and this list is still growing. There are various other fake websites, purporting to be reputable well-known companies or organisations, which are also spreading TorrentLocker malware.
What is a TorrentLocker?
It is a type of cryptographic ransomware that encrypts the infected files on a device. The author of the virus demands payment, usually in the form of Bitcoin, in order for the files to be decrypted. Without the decryption the files are rendered unusable. TorrentLocker are most commonly spread via a spam email that takes the user to a fake website that requests CAPTCHA information. This action downloads a file to a device that contains the TorrentLocker malware.
How to reduce the risk of your device being infected with a TorrentLocker
Our anti-virus partners are advising users NOT to enter CAPTCHA codes on any postal tracking sites. In addition, be cautious of any parcel notifications or messages claiming to be from Australia Post (if you are unsure of the authenticity of the notification call Australia Post for verification).
Below is an example of a fake Australia Post email and website.
At Scope Logic we configure the anti-virus protection for our Managed Services clients to protect against these type of security threats. As these attacks are constantly evolving we still recommend you remain cautious of any suspicious or unexpected emails that are received on any of your devices.
Speak to your IT provider about how to configure your anti-virus software to protect against the latest advances in TorrentLocker. You can also speak with the Scope Logic IT Support team on 08 9228 4118.
August 4, 2014Permalink Comments Off on Partnering with Leaders in Technology – Fortinet
Our preferred Network Security Partner, Fortinet, is surpassing competition & increasing market share according to industry analyst IDC.
“Shahnawas Latiff, IDC Asia Pacific’s Market Analyst for the network security market, said: “Fortinet has a sound business strategy across the region. Its comprehensive product range can effectively meet the security needs of diverse enterprises, and it is able to adapt its products to a broader IT ecosystem that spans both advanced threats and broader IT trends. The ability of Fortinet’s large partner base to provide a level of support beyond the industry standard also accounts for the high adoption rate of its solutions.” (Source: http://bit.ly/1pyGKWE)