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NCSAM Tip #18: Password Strength

Using passwords longer than 14 characters resets the Windows LANMAN hash to an invalid value, preventing attacks against these weak hashes that can recover most passwords in less than half an hour. See also:…

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NCSAM Tip#17: Stay Safe Online — Security at Home

…is at risk of attack. Even though you have protected your home wireless network, it is important that adequate security measures are taken to protect the home computer. Typically corporate computers have security software installed as part of the company security policy. But home computers are often ignored and can become a victim of cyber-attacks. If not properly protected, your PC could also be a member of a Botnet infrastructure that is u…

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NCSAM Tip #16: Use Secure Password Management

Do you have a lot of passwords? Are they too hard to remember? Then use a secure password storage database. Password Safe, Password Gorilla, xPass, and several other tools are available. They all remember your user names, passwords, URLs, etc, and store them all in a strongly-encrypted database. You should protect this database with a VERY LONG passphrase. Then you only need to remember this passphrase and your computer’s password to have…

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NCSAM Tip #15: SSH Insecurity

On *nix systems, check your sshd_config and ssh_config files. In both files, the Protocol line should read “Protocol=2″ and NOT “Protocol=2,1″ or similar values that include protocol version 1 as an option. Putty should be configured to use only protocol version 2 as well. Failure to check your SSH configuration can lead to a downgrade attack, where user credentials and the entire SSH session are recovered in the clear. I…

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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: October 17-21

…bile Age: As mobile device usage continues to soar, users are more vulnerable to security breaches. But too much security hampers the user experience. What’s the right balance? Check out this new feature on Monday! Take the interactive security quiz! Security breaches are costly and the number of attacks is on the rise. Is your business prepared for the next breach? Take the quiz to learn more and test your cyber security intellect start…

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