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The views below have been shared by Mr. Scott Rowswell of British Columbia, Canada. You can visit Mr. Scott’s LinkeIn Profile at this LINK


I think for the vast majority of users, the issues boil down to common sense:

 

  • use only strong passwords and do not share them across different sites
  • Be aware that every site you visit has the potential to track you and most do. Many of the most poplar surfing sites are the worst.
  • Check regularly that you haven’t had trolls, malware, etc installed on your machine.
  • Never enter personal data on any site that is not secure.
  • never enter personal data onto “cloud” servers
  • Never open emails received from locations you don’t recognize.
  • be sure your ISP utilises tools that filter / manage known harmful sites
  • Block or do not open links that are included in social media posts unless you are positive they are safe
  • etc

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Some Strong Tweets on Specifically Passwords


NYS DHSES @NYSDHSES · Oct 9A strong online password has 8 or more characters with a combination of numbers, letters and symbols.

BBB Ottawa @BBBottawa · Oct 9

Treat passwords as top-secret info – don’t share & make them hard to guess by including letters, numbers & symbols.

L&S LSS @UWLSS · Oct 9

Be cyber smart! Check out the most commonly used passwords of 2013. #NCSAMhttp://fb.me/2Yv6fNL7z 

What Really makes a good password? 


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Troels Oerting (right) believes that there are a limited number of skilled malware producers

Troels Oerting (right) believes that there are a limited number of skilled malware producers

There are only “around 100” cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol’s Cybercrime Centre. This post is sourced from this LINK

Speaking to the BBC’s Tech Tent radio show, Troels Oerting said that law enforcers needed to target the “rather limited group of good programmers”.

“We roughly know who they are. If we can take them out of the equation then the rest will fall down,” he said.

Although, he added, fighting cybercrime remained an uphill battle.

“This is not a static number, it will increase unfortunately,” he said.

“We can still cope but the criminals have more resources and they do not have obstacles. They are driven by greed and profit and they produce malware at a speed that we have difficulties catching up with.”

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