Gmail Password Problem

Google can prevent you from accessing your own email if it thinks your email program is “less secure” I have blogged before about email programs that can’t access your email and that try to insist that your password is wrong when you are quite sure that it isn’t. See “Oh dear – error“, for instance. …
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Have you been pwned?

Has your email address (and, possibly, password) been caught up in a data breach? If, like me, you have never heard of the word “pwned”, then I am pleased to elucidate by quoting Wikipaedia’s definition: Pwn is a leetspeak slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain …
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Multiple Apple IDs

Yes, this is me whingeing about error messages again See, for instance, “Oh dear – error!“. I’m not just letting off steam again for the sake of it. This is a situation that I’m sure other people come across and fail to solve (and I challenge you to find the solution among Apple help pages). …
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Multi Factor Authentication

We all know that passwords are a nuisance – but necessary I’m not going to bang on again that you shouldn’t use the same password for more than one account. And we all know that recommended passwords are getting longer and more complicated. It seems to me that there’s a general “average” of what is …
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Doubts about LinkedIn

I’m having serious doubts about whether it’s a good idea to keep a LinkedIn account Regular readers will know that I’m no great fan of social networking sites. I think they are devious, manipulative, insecure, and can not be trusted with a tenth of the personal data that people entrust to them. Nevertheless, for about …
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Snippets

Passwords (again), silly Twits, and more… Test Your Passwords Click here for (another) password tester. Yes, I know I’ve given a link to a site like this before. I don’t apologise because I’ve seen how much upset can be caused by a malicious person guessing a client’s password. See this blog on the subject of …
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Password Problems Taken To the Next Level

The biggest single preventable IT problem that my clients seem to encounter is lost, forgotten, or mis-remembered passwords I know it wasn’t long ago – see this blog on passwords – that I recommended writing down all passwords – manually – in one place. OK, I can see the obvious flaw in this advice. However, …
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Don’t use the same password over and over again

Remembering usernames and passwords is a pain. It’s made much easier by using the same one for everything and never changing it. Unfortunately, of course, what makes life easier for us also makes it easier for the hacker. If someone gets hold of one password then they can try it on any other of your …
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TrueCrypt

I have been asked several times recently, in relation to IT support, whether it is possible to password-protect sensitive data in Windows. Considering how long Windows has been around, you would think that by now there would be a simple way of protecting a file or a folder so that the contents can be neither …
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