Secure your on-line identity

Recently on twitter I saw some 'tweeters' I knew of sending me garbage tweets and I asked them directly on Twitter "Did you send this"?

The answer was "no" and asked on Tweeter how caome this is happening?

One answer was hackers trying to ollok for accounts they can break into. Another said that she was phished recently?

This reminds me of customers asking me did my account get hacked?

Seems like old habits die hard. Hackers are still trying to steal your online identity without a doubt.

As I pointed out at an evening presentation on 1 March 2010 do not make it easy for hackers to access 'crack' your password.

What is meant by that?

Let's examine 4 layers of password.



Level 1 - The Easy password



bear husband LOVER 19590112 &*)%%%!@!@



possible passwords but the one think they have in common is that a password cracker can most likely decode these.



Level 2 - Mixing 2 cases



Bear Dave bear123 !forget !$5%7*



All right maybe a little tought but the first 3 might be decodable



Level 3 - Mixing 3 cases



SandyX45 1)2(abc Day$%^ q1@w3$



Maybe these are tougher but better yet



Level 4 - Mixing 4 cases



2@4$Date 6^Gu3T0 Gr3Ym!m!



Good luck cracking those .



For further information on security , check out http://www.grc.com/ http://www.securityfocus.com/



For examples on phishing go to http://www.nk.ca/blog/index.php?/categories/25-Phish



What to do if you think you have been comprimised



1) Update then run your anti-virus!! Most anti-viral programmes come with some ant-spyware. The kay is update all definitions daily!

2) Run anti-spyware programmes. There are other malicious software (malware) that anti-viral programmes will not pick up.

I recommend you at least run 3

a) Superantispyware found at http://www.superantispyware.com/

b) Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware found at http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

c) Spybot - Search & Destroy found at http://www.safer-networking.org/



These 3 programmes will find malicious software that is not viral yet can comprimise your security. Again please update these daily.

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rootnl2k

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:32 am Post subject: Banning Spammers and Why 2.0.16 to 2.0.21 upgrade is not ... Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post

Working.



1) We have 'spammer' coming on to the system registering and

not really wanting to participate and using the site for their vulgarity.

Any way to block these critter off the site?



2) Why isn't the patch from 2.0.16 to 2.0.21 not working?

We tried to patch and upgrade and it looks like a field is missing.

Additional I have backed up the database (MySQL) and if someone

would like to look at this, I would appreciate the helping pointers.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:46 am Post subject: Re: Banning Spammers and Why 2.0.16 to 2.0.21 upgrade is not Reply with quote

rootnl2k wrote:

Working.



1) We have 'spammer' coming on to the system registering and

not really wanting to participate and using the site for their vulgarity.

Any way to block these critter off the site?



once you have upgraded do this:

Quote:

to keep the spammers out:



1. stay updated

2. DO NOT allow guest posting anywhere

3. turn on visual confirmation in the admin panel

4.set user activation to " user" or " admin"







2) Why isn't the patch from 2.0.16 to 2.0.21 not working?

We tried to patch and upgrade and it looks like a field is missing.

Additional I have backed up the database (MySQL) and if someone

would like to look at this, I would appreciate the helping pointers.





the upgrade files do work.

but you have to update the database as well as the files. probably, you did not run the update_to_latest.php file after doing the file updates and therefore you got errors about database fields missing.

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New post Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:27 am Post subject: Reply with quote

do you have any MOD's installed?

(that you want to keep)

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