How do I protect my Social Media accounts?

Strong Passwords and Two Factor Authentication on Social Media This brief post is in response to a Facebook conversation I saw regarding local¬†community leaders and public figures¬†having problems with attempts to access their social media accounts. I’d like to recommend Continue Reading

Keeping up with issues arising from PRISM and all that

If you are in IT in any way, or have even a little propeller on your hat you should be listening to Security Now. Recent episodes have been explaining and covering thoroughly the mechanics and issues arising from the US Continue Reading

How do I find out about IT security threats without the media hype?

Listen to Security Now!

I was on the road this afternoon, so I had the chance to listen to episode number 392 of Security Now. While I am a long time advocate of Security Now, I recognise it can be a bit geek heavy in places. That said, I urge any one who works in or with IT to listen to the first two thirds of episode 392 for the discussion with hosts Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson and guest Brian Krebs covering “Organized crime on the Internet, botnets, ransomware, and more”. The interview will give you an overview of what is happening on the dark side free of media hype. The tone is informal, informative and the language isn’t geek heavy, and is suitable for all levels of IT knowledge.

Allow about an hour for the interview, if you can spare the time catch the whole show for which you’ll need 1 hour 30 minutes. Security Now is best consumed as the audio version.

Find an hour for this. I recommend it. Continue Reading

How long will your password stand up under a brute force attack?

Steve Gibson of the Security Now Podcast is always good value. He has created a client side (ie you will need Javascript enabled) application to tell you how long a password will stand up under a brute force attack. Try this with your favourite password at

Regards, Steven Continue Reading