FBI Recommends Passphrases Over Password Complexity

examples of passwords vs. passphrasesHarder to crack, easier to remember.

By Rick Richardson

For more than a decade, security experts have had discussions about what's the best way of choosing passwords for online accounts.

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There's one camp that argues for password complexity by adding numbers, uppercase letters and special characters, and then there's the other camp, arguing for password length by making passwords longer.
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Apple Creates Coronavirus Screening App and Website

sample screensUpdated CDC info and symptom monitoring among the features.

By Rick Richardson

Apple has launched a COVID-19 website and app with a screening tool and other information about the coronavirus outbreak. Apple said the app and site are meant to "make it easy for people across the country to get trusted information and guidance at a time when the U.S. is feeling the heavy burden of COVID-19."

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They were developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House coronavirus task force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Smartphone Thermometers Pinpoint Hot Spots

smartphone thermometersThe reporting is faster than what the CDC gathers.

By Rick Richardson

A company that makes internet-connected thermometers has followed the flu more closely than the CDC can. Now the devices may be turning up cases of COVID-19.

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A company that uses internet-connected thermometers to predict the spread of the flu says it is tracking the coronavirus in real time – something that had been impossible, given the lack of testing for the disease.
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How to Sanitize Electronics Against COVID-19 with UV Light

HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer
HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer. Click for more

How often do you touch your phone?

By Rick Richardson

With the incredible increase in concern about COVID-19, it’s prudent that we think about not just washing our hands frequently but also sanitizing the electronics we handle all day.

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Think about it. Everything we touch throughout the day comes back to our phones. We might take public transportation, press elevator buttons and open doors all while texting and scrolling (and that's all before our workday even begins). Then, you sit down at your desk and get down to business on equipment that probably hasn't been sanitized in weeks or months, if ever.
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Apple’s New Credit Card Carries Fraud-Fighting Feature

Illustration of Apple CardIt combines two solutions.

By Rick Richardson

Apple’s new credit card has a curious security feature that will make it much more challenging to carry out credit card fraud.

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The aptly named Apple Card is a new credit card, built into your iPhone Wallet app, which the company says will help customers live a “healthier” financial lifestyle. The card is designed to replace your traditional credit card and give you perks, such as daily cash.
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Sharpen Your Tech Skills with These 5 Online Courses

Woman drinking coffee in front of desktop computerInvest an hour in yourself.

By Rick Richardson

In today’s workplace, constant innovation makes it critical for employees to keep up with the latest technologies and applications. Want to excel at your job and lay the groundwork for future promotions?

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Check out these five e-courses from LinkedIn Learning, part of the LinkedIn platform. Each course is available for a monthly site membership fee, with no extra costs necessary. I have been a loyal user of both LinkedIn Learning and its predecessor Lynda.com for over 10 years and can personally attest to the quality of their educational offerings. So, with instruction on the blockchain, cloud computing, UX and more, these five courses will help you fast-track yourself for future success!
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How 5G Changes Everything

It's not time to rip out your landline yet.

By Rick Richardson

For better and for worse, our lives have been revolutionized by the internet. But a new high-tech innovation known as 5G is set to transform everything once again.

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The internet plays a pivotal role in our lives, thanks to broadband piped through our homes. But “fifth-generation” 5G will take this a giant step forward.
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Smart Devices Need 3 Features to Be Secure

Technology Security with Internet Digital Signature as ArtWhat IoT "security" really means.

By Rick Richardson

In the UK, all Internet of Things (IoT) and smart consumer devices will need to adhere to specific security requirements, under new government proposals.

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The legislation aims to help protect citizens and businesses from the threats posed by cybercriminals increasingly targeting Internet of Things devices.
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Open-Source Smart Home Standard in the Works

Logos of affiliated companiesApple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance announce plan.

By Rick Richardson

The smart home market is currently badly fragmented because each vendor has been focusing on creating a separate ecosystem with devices that are difficult or impossible to connect with those of their competitors.

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This situation may be about to end with the announcement of a new project called Project Connected Home over IP.
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Do Not Abbreviate 2020

Calendar pages turningPredating and postdating both are problems.

By Rick Richardson

The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year's resolution: Stop abbreviating the year.

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Why? This year's abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you.
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Replace All Your Wi-Fi Hardware with a Tiny 5G Router

photo of routerThe ultimate question? Convenience vs. cost.

By Rick Richardson

Mobile hotspots are a crucial tool for travelers needing to keep all their gear connected.

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But with the advent of 5G, Netgear’s new Nighthawk M5 5G Wi-Fi 6 Mobile Router could replace all of your home’s Wi-Fi equipment with a pocket-friendly hotspot that will provide fast Wi-Fi even when you take it on the road.

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5 Reasons to Save Money for a 5G Phone

Galaxy A90
The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Speed goes up, prices come down.

By Rick Richardson

The majority of phones sold today are enabled for 4G connectivity, but if you’re looking to get yourself a new phone with the New Year, you would be wise to bide your time and get yourself a 5G phone.

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The Top 5 Technologies for the Next Decade

Illustration of laptop with multiple screensAnd where to find each one.

By Rick Richardson

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher of Ephesus, is credited with the quote, “The only constant in life is change.” It comes as no surprise that technology is gradually taking over all aspects of our day-to-day life.

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The rise of cutting-edge technology – including cloud-based computing, big data analysis, wearables, machine learnings, internet of things, AR/VR and drones – has been exhibiting nothing but change. Moreover, the rise of 5G technology is establishing even further growth prospects.
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