eBay announced a massive data breach and Leo advises users reset their passwords. What's interesting is that the news broke on Wednesday, and eBay has known about it for three weeks. It makes Leo wonder just how bad the breach was. eBay says it was a leak of encrypted passwords. Regardless of how bad, Leo says it's best to change your password. And if you use that password elsewhere, time to stop doing that and use a password manager like LastPass.
The 'Heartbleed' bug that has affected most of the internet's popular websites has exposed usernames and passwords along with other secure certificate data. Even after a site has fixed this bug, it's still essential for everyone to change their passwords because the data could have been intercepted before the site was patched. This is a great opportunity to create more secure passwords, and to start using a password vault like LastPass.
Walt and is using an old server as a home computer. He uses Alarms.com to monitor his home security system, and it works wired. But when he changes over to the wireless configuration on the camera, one of his cameras will not connect.
Leo says that there may be a DHCP conflict that's preventing it, or the password based security is the issue. He should try turning off security on the router to see if it works. It may be the older camera can't be supported with the newer security standard used by the router.
Securing your smartphone is simple, quick, and very important in the event that it gets left behind somewhere or stolen.
The first thing you can do is put a friend or spouse’s phone number on the lock screen of your Android or iOS device. Create an image with a simple message such as “If lost, please return to Me (212)-555-1212.” Then set that image as the lock screen. If your phone lands in the hands of a good samaritan, this will help them get the phone back to you.
Securing an iOS device
Leo plays and corrects commentary from actress and comedian Faith Salie on passwords. The segment aired Sunday on CBS This Morning. Since Salie isn't a security expert, and is an actress and comedian, Leo doesn't completely lay the blame with her. It's more on CBS for allowing such a segment to air, which could severely misinform people who aren't as tech savvy.
George wants to know if LastPass is a good option to save his passwords. Leo says he uses it for everything. He uses it for password protection not only on his PC and Macs, but also his mobile phones. He also uses it to protect confidential information as well. It's free, with a premium version for $12 a year.
Jim has built his own Windows Computer. He likes that the new Windows 8 just requires a 4 digit pin to log in, but he's lost the password and didn't choose the PIN. Leo says that worst case scenario, he can reinstall Windows and start over. Leo also says that LastPass is great for things like this because he can have both on his smartphone as well and look it up if he forgets it. He'd also get a real strong password in the process.
Having a secure password is one of the most important things you can do to protect your accounts online. You might not think it would happen to you, but it's very common and no one is really safe. Here are some easy things you can do to create rock solid passwords that will significantly decrease the chance of someone gaining access to your accounts.
John has a disabled and inactive YouTube account. He can't get it back up and running and contacting Google is no help. Leo says there's no magic with Google. They want him to tie in all his accounts under a gmail account and if it's inactive, he just needs to talk to them to get it back up. The easiest thing would be to start over, though.