Wi-Fi Friday

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Hi All, Here is today's WiFi Friday topic to enjoy and digest.  With all the security scares today, this should be beneficial to everyone.

All comments and additional tips are welcome!

https://corpblog.viasat.com/think-before-linking-and-other-online-security-tips/
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Posted 5 months ago

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Bev, Champion

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Good advice. Also remember that scams come via phone calls too. NEVER give personal information to an incoming robo caller (the automated system called you. Never give out any password over the phone or via text message. No reputable company will ever ask for your password - account security passphrase or, answer to a security question yes, but they will never ask for your password so, never give your password to any company rep on the phone, even if you called them.

If there is a password problem or you are told either by voice or by email that there is a password issue with your account, DO NOT click links or, go to some other web address a voice caller might give you. Go to the address you know, as you would were you going to log in to that site. Change your password there.

When it comes to emails or text message about your Viasat account, if in doubt, forward the email to viasatlistens@viasat.com or, call customer care at 855-463-9333 to verify the email before you take any action.

Beyond that. be careful whom you allow to use your home network and, with what device they want to connect. You don't want that friend that refuses to use anti virus for whatever reasons on your network. You don't want the phone that was infected with this or that last week and, might still be infected on your network. Those sorts of things could potentially infect your devices if they got on your network.

Don't do what my idiot nephew did - phone was infected so, he connected it to his home wifi to supposedly apply the fix - now he has 5 computers and 2 phones all in the shop being professionally restored because that one phone infected everything on his network. If one of your devices seems to be or definitely is infected- don't let it connect to your home router - get it fixed first.

Change your password regularly and, don't just change the characters, change the format. For example if you use My-Password, don't change to Yo-Geton-  change to yOg#eto_n. And if, though it's a bad idea, you use a personal number, like your birth date and say it's 06/06/1966 and you use 06061966 don't change it to Junesix1966 or any spelled out variation. (I know people that do that.) Don't use your name, birth date, social or anything like that for things you really want secure.

If you have trouble remembering or keeping track of all of your passwords, use a manager such as RoboForms or Norton Identity Safe which require a master password before they will allow access to other passwords and, change that password often too.

Use two stage verification or authentication where available. Usually that means when you log in a code is sent to you via text to your phone or, via email to insure it's you logging in.

We all use poor passwords, even I do it, those that know me well would likely be able to guess a couple of mine, or at least would know exactly what a couple of them mean. Fortunately, you'd have to come to my house and, know me well enough to know several other things about my life to know I'd use those passwords and, 99.9% of anyone online would never know any of that. (Diana you might know why I have the account PW here I have - if you knew that PW. :D )
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I know someone that, to this day, uses the same, or a very similar, password for everything they do.  It drives me nuts.  I warn the person over and over and over again, but it falls on deaf ears.  

Unfortunately, it's going to end up being one of those situations where the person will learn their lesson when they get nailed, and they almost surely will.  
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Sooner or later, unless you're a good friend and buy something like Roboforms for them, it, like some other password programs, comes with a generator that generates secure passwords, and, it remembers them for you. :)

My neighbor got nailed for that, used the same password for and MMO game that he used for his online banking - game got hacked and, so did his bank account, to the tune of a bit over 5 grand.
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I'll definitely have to look into that.  I appreciate it. 
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GabeU, Champion

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Actually, looking at it, I think the free version would be enough, as it's only one computer that the person uses.  Again, thanks for the info.  
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Free is good for someone that only uses one device to go online and, isn't prone to forgetting the master password. Just have them save the login folder to a recovery disk or drive in case of a computer crash now and then.

I use it across a few device so, for me paid is what I need. I've never had any issues with it - even has an extension for the Viasat Browser as well as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and IE so, pretty well works on any browser.

The mobile version comes with it's own browser for safe mobile browsing, so if they need it on a phone or tablet, that's the way to go.