Posts Tagged ‘Passwords’

Heartbleed Bug – Update

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

For our users that haven’t been in touch with us or reading the latest reports on the serious encryption flaw known as the Heartbleed bug, we are listing some up-to-date information regarding the sites that have been affected. Most of the sites are ones that users frequent the most (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Google, Yahoo), so passwords absolutely must be changed. We really recommend that you change passwords on all frequented sites.

Mashable has a comprehensive (and updated as of 4/15/14) list of affected sites here. For more information on the history of the Heartbleed bug, read the Sydney Morning Herald article here.

As always, if you have any questions about passwords or security, please don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with one of our senior-level Apple certified techs.

How to create a secure password

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I know that all of us at Need Mac Help are constantly reminding our users about the importance of backing up, but I also wanted to write a little reminder on the importance of really strong passwords.

Passwords should be LONG — at least 10 characters.

Passwords should be a mix of upper case AND lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

And most importantly, use a UNIQUE password for each account.  For example, you should never use the password for your email that you use for your online banking.  Similarly, you shouldn’t use the same password for your online bank account and your online credit card account(s).

As far as storing all of these passwords, you want to make sure to never keep them in an obvious place, like a Microsoft Word document called “passwords” or something similar.  The Mac OS X has Keychain Access, where you can securely store all your passwords and notes regarding important log in names and other information.

There’s also 1Password, which is a password manager that also has a nifty password generator.  With 1Password, you create a master password under which you store all your other passwords and important information. There’s also an iOS version of 1Password that syncs safely and securely with the desktop version of the application.


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