It seems like I read at least one article a week that predicts the death of passwords. I don’t share that belief, but there are alternative authentication methods. As an example, you can now use your face or a security key fob to logon into your ...

 

We Don’t Need No Stinking Passwords and more...




We Don’t Need No Stinking Passwords

It seems like I read at least one article a week that predicts the death of passwords. I don’t share that belief, but there are alternative authentication methods. As an example, you can now use your face or a security key fob to logon into your Microsoft account. Technically, you are using Windows Hello biometric authentication, which also includes fingerprint readers. This means that passwordless logons are possible for Outlook, Office, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox Live, Bing, the Microsoft Store, and Windows itself. You’ll need to be running the Windows 10 October 2018 update and the Edge browser. If you use a security key, it needs to be compatible with the FISO2 CTAP specification. I suppose having alternatives for password reuse or weak ones is a good thing. Even with alternative authentication methods, I’m afraid passwords will be with us for many more years.

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Best Consumer Wi-Fi Systems

Do yourself a favor. If you need to bring up a Wi-Fi network, don’t just buy the cheapest device you can find. Like all things in life, not all Wi-Fi systems are created equal. BGR has some good advice to help you will your Wi-Fi equipment purchase. TP-Link produces the best affordable router. BGR identifies the TL-WR841N router as a really great deal for less than $20. It’s a device that can easily cover a small house or apartment with some pretty decent speeds. Google WiFi is identified as the best mesh system. Finally, if you need an affordable killer mesh Wi-Fi system, get yourself a Netgear Orbi system.

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Ten Most Popular Android Apps

It really doesn’t matter what operating system you use. There are a ton of great apps for your smartphone. Tech Viral has composed a list of the world’s ten most popular apps for 2018 downloaded from the Google Play store.

  1. WhatsApp
  2. Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free
  3. TikTok
  4. Facebook
  5. Instagram
  6. Helix Jump
  7. Facebook Lite
  8. Merge Plane
  9. Happy Glass
  10. Messenger Lite

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Don’t Use Free iOS or Android VPN Apps

Using a VPN is a great idea to protect your privacy. That is unless the VPN isn’t trustworthy and is capturing your information. Softpedia News reported that using a free VPN app on your iOS or Android device is not a good idea. Simon Migliano, Metric Labs' Head of Research, the company behind the Top10VPN service said, "The most popular have amassed hundreds of millions of installs between them worldwide and yet there appears to be little vetting of the companies entrusted with the responsibility for redirecting all their users’ internet traffic through their servers."

Apparently, a lot of Chinese companies are behind a lot of the free VPN apps. That doesn’t comfort me. It’s no secret that the Chinese government focuses on knowing what data traverses its networks. It actually frowns on encryption and VPN usage. Open your wallet and stop using a free VPN app. Your privacy will thank you.

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Windows 10 Getting WPA3 Wi-Fi Security Support

Today, you should be using the most secure setting for Wi-Fi networks. That would be WPA2 encryption even though there are known vulnerabilities to the specification. The good news is that vendors have patches to fix the problems with WPA2. The better news is that the WPA3 specification has been approved. Now we have to wait for vendors to implement and support the new Wi-Fi standard. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced WPA3-Personal (SAE) Support in Windows 10, but a newly released build of Windows 10 includes APIs dealing with WPA3. Keep an eye on new updates over the next several months and upgrade to WPA3 as soon as you can.

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