#5 Part 2 - P@$$w0rd5! (Passwords suck)

#5 Part 2 - P@$$w0rd5! (Passwords suck)

January 25, 2018

Passwords are a pain in the a$$.  In fact, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Fernando Corbató, now 91 years old and the inventor of the password back in the 60s said that passwords have become “kind of a nightmare”.

The current state of the internet wasn’t quite a consideration when passwords first started. Nowadays the average internet user can have upwards of 100-150 different accounts across multiple services.  You might be thinking… not me!   When was the last time you actually tallied up all your online identities.  You might be surprised.  Each service is now putting sufficient password restrictions specifically force you away from the password top 10 list, but ensuring that you’ll probably forget what your password is… unless… you have a system.  A clever system!

In out last episode we talked about bad passwords (the top bad passwords in fact), what makes a good password and how you can make something up that is easy for you to remember but hard for machines to guess.  

This week we talk about password managers.  We include browsers in that as well.  We discuss the reason behind using password managers and offer suggestions for they can improve your standard of password hell provided you obey a few dos and don'ts.  

Finally we end with two factor authentication and the different options for really ensuring you take your personal security to the next level starting with defining authentication mechanisms as 

Something you know (eg. a password)
Something you have (eg. your phone)
Something you are (eg. your fingerprint)

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#2 - The Ransomware Show (2017)

#2 - The Ransomware Show (2017)

November 14, 2017

This is one of those subjects that has struck everyone from the techno security guru to the average person who might simply be trying to do their job.  Ransomware brands such as Goldeneye, Petya (and its counterpart NotPetya), Cryptolocker, CryptoWall, Locky, WannaCry and very recently, Bad Rabbit (to name only a few) have been making headlines across the globe.

I’ll start by taking a quick step back and just define Ransomware before I discuss how it tricks us into letting it in the door. I'll then take you through the stages of it's existence and finally what we can do to be better in the face of quickly advancing and mutating Ransomware attacks.

2017 was the year of the Ransomware... or is it?  2018 is just around the corner so only time will tell.

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October 2, 2017

Welcome to Codifyre Episode #0!

The focus of Codifyre is to discuss and ideally simplify complex technological concepts in such a way that the not only the average person can get a good idea of what it all means but also explain things in such a way that new students and even those with industry experience and expertise can learn from new perspectives and opinions.

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