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Dylan IT writes a monthly editorial in the Look Magazine. Here is his April Issue

heartbeed bug

This month you would may have heard about an online threat called “Heartbleed Bug” Well respected commentators have gone so far as to say things like “Catastrophic is the right word. (to describe this bug) On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.” So what is it, and how does it affect you? Well, every time you access a secure website (one that asks for a username and password or code) you see that trusty padlock in the corner of your browser window and you know everything is secure, right? Well, not now. For years we have been told that when we see that padlock, we....

can be safe in the knowledge that the information being transmitted between our computer and the Internet is being encrypted and can only be translated by an authorized computer on the other end. The Heartbleed bug has managed to understand this encryption language and has exposed millions of passwords, personal information, credit card information and more. It’s estimated over two-thirds of websites on the Internet are using OpenSSL, the encryption code in the spotlight. By the time this article is printed and you are reading it, these websites security teams should have written and deployed patches to fix the bug.......

What do I do? You must change your passwords. This is probably a good time to go through all of your passwords and make sure they are what we call “Strong Passwords’. It still surprises me how often I see people using simple passwords such as names or dates or words that can be found in the dictionary. When I have a client who has one of these easy passwords, I teach them how to turn it into a strong password, while also keeping it memorable. (Check out my ‘Tip of the month’ for an example) It is also important that you do not use the same password for all of your accounts and change it regularly.

Dylan’s Tip of the Month: Keeping with the password theme, lets look at a simple way to turn your easy password into a strong one. Strong passwords include symbols, numerals, capital letters and generally the longer they are, the better. Lets say your password is: catsanddogs. A strong version would be !C@t$&D0g$. You can do it too, just swap letters for numbers or symbols that look or sound similar, that way it’s easy to remember. 

 

Dylan runs his own specialist IT company called 'Dylan IT' that services local home users and small business at their homes and workplaces. If you would like to contact Dylan for advice or perhaps you would like him to cover a particular topic in his next editorial, he can be contacted on: 07900 000 666 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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I received excellent service from Dylan when my computer was badly infected.  He is an extremely knowledgeable, professional and courteous person.  I was very impressed with his work and would have no hesitation in recommending him to family, friends and work colleagues.  Many thanks.

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