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  • If you’re like me, you’re probably looking forward to that extra hour of sleep you will get when we turn the clocks back on Sunday (that is, Nov 1, 2015).  But a few more z’s (and the threat of being an hour early to work on Monday) aren't the only noteworthy things about Daylight Saving Time. Use this time of year to take care of important tasks around your home… and with your computer technology. Sure we’ve all heard things like changing the batteries in our smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide detectors), flipping our mattresses, vacuuming out the dryer vents, and restocking our emergency kits.  But, what about those housecleaning tasks for our electronics? Luckily, most cell phones, computers, and

    Oct 28,
    - by Christa
  • You probably have heard by now that LastPass, one of the leading password management services, had a security breach last week.   There are a number of media outlets reporting the story, including this article from PC World.  LastPass has always been committed to the privacy and security of the data they store for their customers and have proven that with the use of their high standard encryption and hashing algoithms - the techniques they employ to keep your passwords safe. If you've been among the many who have received technology and security advice from Kardon Tech, then you know that we often recommend the use of a password management solution, more specifically - LastPass.  Therefore, we felt it important to give you our thoughts

    Jun 17,
    - by Christa
  • In the past, we have posted several blogs related to password security. You can check out some of the past blogs here. Unfortunately, these days, even a secure password may not be enough to stop nefarious individuals. Whether it is a trojan that gets into your computer through malware and steals a password or somebody after a twitter account (like @N or @mat), people can do anything from guessing your password or engineering a password reset. It is important to try and add layers of security to simple password usage. Multi-factor authentication (usually called 2FA, two factor authentication) helps to mitigate those attacks. Multi-factor authentication is based  on someone having multiple ways to identify themselves when accessing a system. The

    Dec 08,
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  • So, here we are again.  Christmas is right around the corner and retailers are advertising like crazy in hopes of getting their products on the top of your Christmas list.  If you are like me, a new smartphone is at the top of your list.  Ok, to be honest, Christmas came a little early for me this year.  Thanks to a trade-in promotion from AT&T, I already have my new iPhone 6.  And, in purchasing my new smartphone it brought to mind “Now, what do I do with my old one?” Often buying a new smartphone means you will likely be recycling, trading-in, selling, donating, or using your old gadget as a doorstop.  Regardless, protecting or wiping the personal data currently

    Dec 01,
    - by Christa
  • October is known for Halloween, cooler temperatures, and the beginning of Fall where leaves start changing colors and fall from the trees.  October is also well-known as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, but did you know it is also National CyberSecurity Awareness Month? National CyberSecurity Awareness Month has been observed in the US during the month of October since 2004.  It’s the month where the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance reach out to all Americans about cyber threats.  They encourage computer and online vigilance and protection and even offer tips and best practices concerning how to stay safer and more secure online. By now, I think we all know that the Internet can be a

    Oct 23,
    - by Christa
  • Christmas is just around the corner and cyber thieves are ready for the holiday shopping season. Most of us will be using credit and/or debit cards with the magnetic stripes to pay for our online and in store purchases. The credit card magnetic stripe was created over forty years ago and revolutionized the way we make purchases and share personal and payment information. In the early 1970’s, it’s first big test came as a joint pilot project by American Express, American Airlines and IBM at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The project was a success but at the time it cost about $2 to produce a single card. It wasn’t until 1980, when the cost came down to about 5 cents per

    Sep 16,
    - by Christa
  • Isn’t it fairly common knowledge that we should use strong passwords that are not easily "guessed" and change them regularly to protect our sensitive and confidential data? That good password security is the first and most effective strategy for protecting our private data and accounts? Well, apparently not. We hear, way too often, about systems being compromised via hacked passwords. We have written at least one blog a year on password and online security, including Password Security, Securing Your Online Passwords, and even HELP! I have too many Passwords. Surprisingly, we haven’t written one this year. So, guess what?  Here’s your password security review for 2014. Let’s start with a recent report from Trustwave, a company that helps businesses reduce

    Aug 20,
    - by Christa
  • Smart phones, tablets, laptops, PDAs, netbooks… these are examples of just a few mobile devices that we use daily to make our lives easier. Ok, well maybe you used a PDA and/or netbook back in the day. But since the adoption of smart phones and tablets, does anyone still use PDAs or netbooks? I’d be surprised if there is a manufacturer that even makes these devices anymore. Nevertheless, technology surrounds us in our daily lives. It makes us virtually available at any time and at any place. We have computers on our desks at work. We use laptops to keep us mobile. We use smart phones and tablets to communicate with friends, family, co-workers, and clients, send and receive email,

    Jul 15,
    - by Christa
  • What?  You’ve never heard the term “e-waste”?  How about “e-scrap”?  Well, don’t feel bad.  It’s not that surprising, really.  The general public knows very little about e-waste, much less how to properly dispose of it. We all use electronics everyday.  I would bet you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not use an electronic device in some fashion regularly.  It’s been estimated that nowadays Americans own approximately 24 electronic products per household.  That’s not too surprising considering the lifespan of a cell phone is about 18 months and a laptop, two years.  So what do you do with your “old” cell phone, laptop, and tablet when you upgrade to the latest and greatest?  Sell it?  Hand it

    Jun 17,
    - by Christa
  • How much personal information do you think you simply throw in your regular garbage each day? Unopened credit card offers? Utility bills? Have you ever considered shredding those items?  Typically there are two main reasons why shredding paper and plastic documents is important - to prevent identity theft and fraud and to safely dispose of confidential or sensitive information. After all, identity theft is a multi-billion dollar business which is typically used to fund organized crime. And just a couple pieces of personal information found in a garbage can are all that is needed to steal your identity. Although banks, hospitals, and financial companies are well known sources of confidential information that should be shredded, every day working Americans have

    May 27,
    - by Christa