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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Yahoo Encourages Users to Change Passwords

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Yahoo released a statement warning users that over 500 million account credentials – including passwords, telephone numbers, and security questions and answers – were compromised during a data breach dating back to 2014. Yahoo is notifying potentially affected users and is … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates (September 2016)

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Microsoft Microsoft released seven critical security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Office Services and Web Apps, and Exchange. These updates address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released seven additional updates, which it classified as important, for Windows. … Continue reading

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What Is Encryption?

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What is encryption? Encryption is a security measure that scrambles information so that it becomes unrecognizable. Decoding the gibberish requires a specific key. Encryption is used to protect data sent across networks, ensuring that the data can’t be tampered with in … Continue reading

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Dropbox Encourages Users to Change Passwords

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Dropbox released a statement warning users that 68 million account credentials were compromised during a data breach dating back to 2012. Dropbox has emailed all users believed to be affected by the breach and initiated a password reset for those … Continue reading

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