The Internet offers many opportunities to its users. But it also has a dark side, that many users are unaware of, or chose to ignore. In Security 101, we discuss five aspects that ever Internet user needs to know to protect the computer, data, and identity online.
In downloads, we discuss the dangers of downloading files from the Internet, and options to make sure the file downloads are safe before executing them on the local computer.
In Privacy, we discuss privacy related topics like identity theft, and offer advise how to avoid it.
In Phishing, we explain the concept, and provide the means to avoid phishing forever.
In Spam, we detail how spammers find email addresses, and what you can do to protect your email from them.
In Updates, we discuss the importance of keeping the computer system, and its software up to date to avoid leaving the system’s vulnerable to attackers.
Not the username, but the password is the most important part of an online account, and it is relatively easy to explain why. A username usually is displayed somewhere on the site the account is for. A Facebook wall post, a reply in an online forum or the writing of an article all show the username in one form or the other. And even if the username is not displayed openly it can be guessed more easily or often substituted with a user’s email address.
An account password on the other hand is not visible anywhere. Attackers with the right account password can usually get into an account easily, not so on the other hand if they only have the email or username of the user on the site.
Now that we have established that passwords are the most important part of a user’s online presence we need to find out how to make them as secure as possible.
This article takes a closer look at some general options that Firefox users have to increase their online security. We have already reviewed two Firefox add-ons in the past, the Last Pass password manager that can generate and remember secure passwords, and the Web of Trust extension that scans links and warns the user if websites are not to be trusted or outright malicious.