How Secure Is My Password?

How Secure Is My Password

Continuing the password security topic from our last blog here is a link to a website that will give you a good idea about the strength and security of your password.  You should never type your real password into another website.  Please use a similar length and substitute characters for your real password to test its strength.

https://howsecureismypassword.net/

Some good password practices

  • at least 8 characters long (longer is always better)
  • mix upper and lower case letters
  • use numbers and symbols
  • change your password often
  • do not use the same password on multiple sites

Creating a long password that is easy to remember is also important. You do not want to have a secure password that you have to write down and carry around in your smartphone or wallet. One way is to pick a familiar phrase or sentence and then substitute upper case letters, numbers, and symbols into that phrase.

For example “mypassword” is not a creative or very secure password. Turning it into “MyP@55word2014” makes it a strong password that is easy to remember. Instead of having to use a randomly generated string of letters, numbers, and symbols a password like this allows you to change the number string and symbols anytime you want to change your password while retaining a familiar base.

This has been another security update brought to you by your LavaNet support team.

Thank you from everyone at LavaNet Support ………

Sometimes a Strong Password Isn’t Enough

Sometimes a Strong Password Isn’t Enough

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Dashlane, a password management provider, performed a study on the password policies for companies that provided password protected services and found that a shocking number of the 80 most popular websites have sub-optimal password policies. These sites range from shopping to internet security to dating sites. The scale ranged from -100 to 100 and 86% of these sites did not earn a passing score of 50.

The high scorers were lead by Apple with a perfect 100 followed by the Microsoft Store, UPS, Kaspersk Labs and Target. Some of the low scores were from American Airlines, LivingSocial, LinkedIn and Amazon.

The CEO of Dashlane, Emmanuel Schalit, said, “These websites are not doing their job.” He believes strongly that consumers need to stop relying on websites to protect their data. Consumers need to play a more active role in the security of their own data.

One of the primary features of services like Dashlane’s Password Manager, is the creation of unique, strong passwords for each site that is visited. Hackers know that most people use the same password for most sites. Even if it is a strong password, complex and difficult to guess, using this password on a vulnerable website could lead to having all of the accounts associated with it compromised. This makes a user an easy target and hackers focus their time and energy on lots of easy targets for the biggest return.

For more information on Dashlane’s study please see the following website: https://www.dashlane.com/securityroundup

This has been another security update brought to you by your LavaNet support team.

Thank you from everyone at LavaNet Support ………

Google Announces End-to-End Encryption

Google Announces End-to-End Encryption

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Google has often said that they are dedicated to online security and they are working diligently to make sure their users’ data is safe. HTTPS was supported when it was first launched and now when checking email, the connection is always encrypted. There have been many other attempts to get at their users’ data through phishing scams or malware containing sites and Google has provided alerts where possible.

Today Google announced the addition of a new tool, End-to-End. While it is still in alpha version, this plugin for Google Chrome will make it easier to ensure that the data sent in emails is encrypted and cannot be “snooped” on during transit until the recipient decrypts it.

The tool isn’t available yet, but Google has released the source code for the plugin for community testing and evaluation. They have even added it to their Vulnerability Reward Program to encourage the community at large to find all of the vulnerabilities. This will help to ensure that the plugin is secure for when Google’s users begin relying on it.

The need for this utility is largely found in the results described in the recent Transparency Report. While the report indicates that there is a general incline in the amount of email that is sent using encryption, more than half of all email that is received on the Gmail servers is not encrypted. To check the providers who support encryption in transit, check out the report link.

To read Google’s announcement directly, please click on the link for Google’s Online Security Blog.

Another security update brought to you by your LavaNet support team.

Thank you from everyone at LavaNet Support ………

Could Your Computer Be Infected by Blackshades?

Could Your Computer Be Infected by Blackshades?

Have you experienced any of the following?

  • mouse cursor moves erratically with no input from user;
  • Web camera light (if equipped) unexpectedly turns on when web camera is not in use;
  • Monitor turns off while in use;
  • Usernames and passwords for online accounts have been compromised;
  • Unauthorized logins to bank accounts or unauthorized money transfers;
  • Text-based chat window appears on your computer’s desktop unexpectedly;
  • Computer files become encrypted and ransom demand is made to unlock files.

If the answer is yes you maybe infected with the Blackshades malware program. To find out more about Blackshades and what you can do, please click here, you will be redirected to the FBI’s website were you will find information as to what to look for and what steps should be taken if your computer has been compromised. 

Another security update brought to you by your LavaNet support team.

Thank you from everyone at LavaNet Support ………

 

 

Introducing Google Apps Vault

Introducing Google Apps Vault

What is Google Apps Vault?

Google Apps Vault provides the following eDiscovery services:

  • Email and chat archiving: Set retention rules to control how long email messages and on-the-record chats are retained before they are removed from user mailboxes and deleted from Google systems. Learn about retention.
  • Legal holds: Place legal holds on users to preserve all their emails and on-the-record chats indefinitely in order to meet legal or other retention obligations You can place legal holds on all content in a user’s account, or target specific content based on dates and terms. Learn about holds.
  • Search: Search your domain’s email and on-the-record chats by user account, date, or keyword. Vault supports Boolean, Gmail-specific, and wildcard operator searches. Learn about search.
  • Export: Export specific email and chat messages to standard formats for additional processing and review. Learn about exporting.
  • Audit reports: Use Vault audit reports to learn about actions Vault users have taken during a specified period of time. Learn about audits.

To learn more about Google Vault and how to get started simply click on the image below.

Until next time , Mahalo from everyone here at LavaNet Support…………

@LavaNet Calendar power at your finger tips.

@LavaNet Calendar power at your finger tips.

Having a @LavaNet email account has its advantage’s. One of the biggest perks is the ability to access and utilize the Calendar feature.  Using the Calendar you  keep track of appointments, set up reminders, list contacts, and even follow your favorite sports teams by having their schedules displayed on the Calendar. Our last Blog entry on 5/7/14 named  7 Awesome Things You Can Add To Your Google Calendar! does a excellent job of displaying the latest tools that the calendar .

Need help with setting up your Calendar? No sweat Google has always provided excellent instructions, for Calendar setup simple click here.  

Welcome to Google Calendar

Click on the above link to learn some of the basic usages such as sharing your Calendar, or or who to send invitations or to be able to work offline.

Google Calendar Help Center

Can’t find the right answer to your question? use the Calendar Help Center excellent resource and guide for users of all levels.

Google Calendar is impressive in and of its self no doubt. Calendar can greatly enhance your ability to gain control and add stability to daily weekly and yearly projects and meetings. However the Full suite of Google Doc’s brings all the tools every professional needs to meet today’s business requirements. Online collaborations, spreadsheets, documents, presentations,  all designed to make switching over to online solutions a snap. Simple contact a LavaNet Customer support specialist at  808.545.LAVA (5282) or email support@lava.net for more information regarding Google’s cloud based solutions.

Until next time, from LavaNets support team, here is wishing everyone a happy and safe Mother’s Day weekend………………………….

 

 

7 Awesome Things You Can Add To Your Google Calendar!

7 Awesome Things You Can Add To Your Google Calendar!

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See Weather forecast, or even view your favorite sports team schedule via Google Calender. Perhaps you want to know when that new movie you been waiting for will be opening. Planning on taking a trip? Display an opening date or your itinerary on Google Calendar. Users can also show their Facebook events on Google Calendar . You can even keep Task List or special dates on your Calender. Watch the video to learn how.

Until next time Mahalo from everyone at LavaNet ……

SMTP

Google Apps recommends changing SMTP port to 587.

Outgoing SMTP:
smtp.gmail.com
username@lava.net
port 587 (TLS)

Incoming IMAP:
imap.gmail.com
username@lava.net
port 993 (SSL)

Even better yet, use the webmail interface:

– Email / Calendar / Contacts / Chat on ANY computer

– Never lose Email / Calendar or Contacts

– Voice calls for free

http://webmail.lava.net

 

Voice and Video Chat:

 

Also Google Drive is on @lava.net, store files but more importantly – work and collaborate on files. Multiple people can type in the same document at once. No more emailing versions back and forth.

 

Google Calendar :

 

Google Contacts: Never lose contacts when you change or lose your cell phone