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Twitter Launches “Safety Center”

Twitter has launched a “Safety Center,” located at http://safety.twitter.com:

Twitter hopes to further that progress by launching a “Safety Center,” which aims to put all of the resources for online safety in one easy-to-find spot: http://safety.twitter.com. Some of the resources are based on initiatives that the company has already kicked off, but it was really difficult to find detailed information about them.

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Source: Twitter Organizes Its Disjointed Online Safety Initiatives With The Launch Of Its “Safety Center” | TechCrunch

Image source: OpenClipartVectors / Pixabay

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Protect Your WordPress Site

wordpress-256-blackWordPress is a great content management system. But it can be vulnerable if you don’t take steps to safeguard it. Problogger covers a few simple, and not-so-simple, steps to make your site safer.

A few to remember:

Create Strong Passwords. You should be doing this anyway. And change the default “admin” login to another username.

Keep Your Site Updated. And clean up your site (i.e., delete plug-ins and themes you don’t need to reduce the hacking options).

Back up your site. Really. Do it soon.

Be Vigilant. Don’t leave your site unattended for long periods of time.

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Source: How to Protect Your WordPress Site Before the Hackers Lock You Out! || Problogger

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10 tips for avoiding Twitter hacks

Another recommended reading link in our security series, “10 tips for avoiding Twitter hacks.”

Suggestions include safeguarding your password:

  • Change your password regularly.
  • Don’t share passwords via email.
  • Limit access to your account.
  • Be careful about logging in.

And don’t give just anyone or anything access to your account:

  • Review your authorized apps.
  • Review your authorized apps.
  • Make sure your accounts are official with Twitter.

All good suggestions. What do you do to safeguard your Twitter account?

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Twitter & LinkedIn two-step authentication

Did you know that Twitter and LinkedIn offer two-step authentication to help you secure your accounts? Here are a few articles to provide additional information:

Protecting your LinkedIn Account with Two-Step Verification — Provides a step-by-step video on how to Turn on two-step verification for your account.

Twitter does the two-step, gets serious on security with new authentication feature — the two-step works by sending a pin code via text message to a user’s cell phone.

Getting started with Twitter’s login verification  — a good step-by-step walk-through on the two-step authentication process.

Twitter Introduces Two-Step Authentication — includes a one-minute video covering the two-step authentication process.

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You’ve Got Malware

As part of our ongoing security series, I’m sharing this great post: “7 Signs You’ve Got Malware.” Some important signs are that Popup ads appear even when no browser is open, Browser navigation gets redirected, and Suddenly you can’t use common system tools.

Of course, everything will seem perfectly normal.

The post recommends that you an antivirus utility or security suite imemdiately.

 — Posted by Sandra Fernandez

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Password-Management Tools

Continuing with the security and safety series we’ve been running, Inc Magazine has a good review on Password-Management Tools that’s worth looking at. According to them:

  • “Best for managing passwords and checkout” is Dashlane.
  • “Best for superstrong passwords” is 1Password.
  • “Best for password-free login” is LaunchKey.
  • “Best for thumb-drive storage” is MyLok+.

Do you have any to recommend? 

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    Safety Tips for Social Media

    Continuing with the security and safety series we seem to be running, today’s recommended reading is “Tips to Keep Yourself Safe on Social Media.” A few of the tips are going to be repeats of those we’ve highlighted previously, but a few are important reminders: 

    • Connect only with people you trust. 
    • Keep certain things private from everyone. 
    • Don’t broadcast your location. 
    • Don’t click on links unless you know where they lead. 

    That last one is the one I am going to reiterate — Don’t click on a link unless you know where they lead.

    Another article to check out is “You Got Hacked! What Now?” The main suggestion I’d like to point out in their tips is Chenge Your Habits. i.e., don’t do the things you’ve been doing so you can minimize the possibility of it happening again. 

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    Online Privacy Tips

    “How to I gurantee my privacy?” and “How do I safeguard my information?” are two of the most common questions I receive in my social media classes. I wish I had a simple answer.

    The truth is that the best we can do is, well, our best. There’s no foolproof method to make sure you’re never hacked. And there’s no guarantee it’ll never happen to you or one of your accounts.

    However, there are some things you can do to make it… no quite so easy for others to hack you.

    Check out this post, “10 Online Privacy Tips for Librarians,” from iLibrarian.

    Of particular interest is “Beware of Free Public WiFi.”

    I found it chilling to discover all of the ways that people could access your information when you’re using free public wifi. Using free programs such as the Firefox extension Firesheep, people with absolutely no hacking skill at all can see which unsecure sites (some of which include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr) you’re logging into and simply click to access your account by hijacking the login information you’ve entered. (For more read: How to Hijack Facebook Using Firesheep). And unfortunately this isn’t the only program out there. From now on I will be more careful about what I access via public wifi and I certainly won’t be logging into anything.

    To this list I would also add don’t make all your passwords the same word. If one account gets hacked, they’ll have the password for all of them.

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    Protect your company from cyber-attacks

    We usually recommend posts and articles that cover online security from the personal perspective. Today we’re going to recommend a post that covers it from a business perspective. “Is Your Business Ready for Cyber War?” covers the topic of how to prepare your business, and employees, with five recommended actions.

    One of the tips is to educate your employees about phishing scams. Wikipedia defines phishing as “the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details.” 

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    Password Tips

    For more password tips, check out “Password Security” from pola dot impressions. The one most people don’t follow (from an informal survey among my friends): Don’t use the same password for multiple sites. 

    Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/info_grrl/6609623265.