HAS YOUR COMPUTER BEEN COMPROMISED?
Cyber Crime threatens all Internet Users - It is estimated that 12-15% of the over 2 billion computers in use have been compromised are and members of a BOTNET on any given day - attacking other computers with Ransomware, malware, SPAM and Denial of Service Attacks.
TRADITIONAL ANTI_VIRUS PROGRAMS ARE USELESS AT PREVENTING BREACHES AND BOTNET ENROLLMENT:
FIREEYE TEST - 100% of Organizations using Anti-Virus breached and 75% had Command and Control established by Hackers; On average 8 months to discover
CYLANCE TEST: Symantec Failure Rate 47%; Intel/McAfee 48%; Trend Micro 70%
VALT.X is the only way to guarantee that your system retains its integrity once it has been connected to other computers. Other ways of protecting your system offer no such guarantees. Don't become a victim of an attack.
Have a listen to what Howard Schmidt has to say about Cyber Security...
Valt.X Security Tip: Seven Ways To Make Your Password Stronger
If there's reason to believe any of your passwords might have been compromised, change them immediately. One of the best things you can do is to make sure your passwords are strong. Here are seven ways to fortify them:
- Make your password long. The recommended minimum is eight characters, but 14 is better and 25 is even better than that. Some services have character limits on passwords, though.
- Use combinations of letters and numbers, upper and lower case and symbols such as the exclamation mark. Some services won't let you do all of that, but try to vary it as much as you can. "PaSsWoRd!43" is far better than "password43."
- Avoid words that are in dictionaries, even if you add numbers and symbols. There are programs that can crack passwords by going through databases of known words. One trick is to add numbers in the middle of a word — as in "pas123swor456d" instead of "password123456." Another is to think of a sentence and use just the first letter of each word — as in "tqbfjotld" for "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
- Substitute characters. For instance, use the number zero instead of the letter O, or replace the S with a dollar sign.
- Avoid easy-to-guess words, even if they aren't in the dictionary. You shouldn't use your name, company name or hometown, for instance. Avoid pets and relatives' names, too. Likewise, avoid things that can be looked up, such as your birthday or ZIP code. But you might use that as part of a complex password. Try reversing your ZIP code or phone number and insert that into a string of letters. As a reminder, you should also avoid "password" as the password, or consecutive keys on the keyboard, such as "1234" or "qwerty."
- Never reuse passwords on other accounts — with two exceptions. Over the years, I've managed to create hundreds of accounts. Many are for one-time use, such as when a newspaper website requires me to register to read the full story. It's OK to use simple passwords and repeat them in those types of situations, as long as the password isn't unlocking features that involve credit cards or posting on a message board. That will let you focus on keeping passwords to the more essential accounts strong. The other exception is to log in using a centralized sign-on service such as Facebook Connect. Hulu, for instance, gives you the option of using your Facebook username and password instead of creating a separate one for the video site. This technically isn't reusing your password, but a matter of Hulu borrowing the log-in system Facebook already has in place. The account information isn't stored with Hulu. Facebook merely tells Hulu's computers that it's you. Of course, if you do this, it's even more important to keep your Facebook password secure.
- Use two passwords. Some services such as Gmail even give you the option of using two passwords when you use a particular computer or device for the first time. If you have that feature turned on, the service will send a text message with a six-digit code to your phone when you try to use Gmail from an unrecognized device. You'll need to enter that for access, and then the code expires. It's optional, and it's a pain — but it could save you from grief later on. Hackers won't be able to access the account without possessing your phone. Turn it on by going to the account's security settings.
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