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Yahoo Update

It has been confirmed that Yahoo has had a breach of 500 million accounts. So what should you do if you have a Yahoo account? First and foremost, you’ll want to change your password immediately. All Yahoo account holders should also change their security questions and answers. Follow this link to see how it happened, if your account was compromised, and what you should do to fix it. https://help.yahoo.com/kb/account/SLN27925.html?impressions=true  

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Yahoo Potential Breach

Preliminary account said 200 million accounts, but have now moved to 500 million. The information could include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords but might not include unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information, the tech giant said. We suggest if you have a Yahoo account to change your password now. Stay tuned… http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/yahoo-hack-attack-500-million-users-state-sponsored-latest-a7323971.html  

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Why you should use a Password Manager

Password Managers are great tools to keep all your passwords secure. There are a few reasons you should utilize a password manager. They ensure all your passwords are unique. This helps prevent password reuse and prevents the compromise of site A effecting Site B (example: Your Facebook password being compromised does not lead to your email being compromised). They ensure all your passwords are strong. They automatically generate strong passwords based on pre-defined rules. A strong password should be of

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NIST’s new password rules

What’s new ? Favor the user. In other words, we need to stop asking users to do things that aren’t actually improving security. Much research has gone into the efficacy of many of our so-called “best practices” and it turns out they don’t help enough to be worth the pain they cause. Size matters. At least it does when it comes to passwords. NIST’s new guidelines say you need a minimum of 8 characters. Check new passwords against a dictionary of known-bad choices.

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Hotel chain breach

Another hotel chain has been breached through malware on their payment terminals. What does this mean for you? Anyone who has stayed at their locations may have their credit/debit cards compromised. The time frame for the breach is from February 2016 to July 2016. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has hotels throughout the entire United States. Below is a link to their compromised locations. If you have traveled at all in that time period, please check to see if where you stayed is

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