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Wannacrypt ransomware info links

Right, there are a lot of information pages out there regarding the Wannacrypt Malware/Ransomware going around right now, so I’m creating this page just to save off some links for future reference for myself (so I can close a bunch of browser tabs), but if you find something new on here: good.

Malware Tech

Map on Malware Tech for Wannacrypt spread

https://intel.malwaretech.com/botnet/wcrypt/?t=1h&bid=all has a map that plots out infected machines in real time, which can be informative to see.

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iCloud – How To Enable Two Factor Verification

Right, iCloud and Apple and my friend being socially hacked out of his Apple account was actually what prompted me to write this series of posts regarding enabling Two Factor Authentication wherever you can, whenever you can.

Just like the Dropbox instructions though, Apple has done a pretty good job of documenting it all, both in how it works and how you go about changing things, yourself. It would be silly of me to re-hash it here, and much more logical to send you to the correct Apple information page about it.

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Gmail – How To Enable Two Factor Authentication

Ah, Google. The giant, slowly but quite surely taking over our lives. I don’t know how many of you that use Gmail, Googles e-mail service, but I do (in addition to domain specific non-Google-services that I host myself). Google also has Two Factor Authentication possibilities, and I would suggest you enable them. Now. This is how you go about doing that.

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Dropbox – How To Enable Two Factor Authentication

Right, quite a few people use Dropbox, which is an excellent service. Therefore I figured I should do a similar write-up like I did regarding Facebook, with images and instructions on how you should enable Two Factor Authentication on Dropbox, or actually, Two-Step Verification as they call it. However, I found they, unlike many others, actually have done a great job on their instructions and information themselves. It would be silly if I just re-hashed it here.

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Facebook – How To Enable Two Factor Authentication

Right, Facebook. The one and only, which 2 billion or so people (ok, 1.86 billion) have a love/hate relationship with, or in Facebook lingo: it is complicated. I guess I could write articles on if you should be using Facebook at all, along with any of the big name services out there (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc), but as I say, that is probably another set of articles altogether, concerning privacy etc. For now we can concentrate on the fact that many people around the globe indeed are using it, and far too few have bothered with setting it up in a way that is secure enough. Come to think of it, I probably will write another article on how to sort out the settings for privacy as well, later, but for now, let’s concentrate on enabling Two Factor Authentication within Facebook.

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Using Google Authenticator

In my first article regarding increasing online security for normal people, I covered LastPass. Then in my second article I covered how to use a hardware dongle for Two Factor Authentication (2FA). I also use Google Authenticator for 2FA, which is an app that generates time sensitive security codes.

Google Authenticator is a very nice solution indeed, as it can help you generate security codes for any app/site that supports it. One of the main benefits with it is that they have sort of defined a standard that others can join, which many have.

For you as a user that means you can actually use the same app for many services, which in turn means you don’t have to install many and various solutions just to get your Two Factor Authentication going.

Google Authenticator on a phone

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Wikitribune – Fighting Fake News

Right, one of the things I care a lot about when it comes to online information is the news. Freedom of speech is a great thing, however it does put some responsibility back at the readers, who then also need to get skills in validating sources. Just because it says so on some obscure site on the Internet doesn’t make things true. People should really spend some time working out what sources are reliable when it comes to facts, and which sources that are not.

In connection with the US election in November last year you might have read some articles in the election aftermath, about how “bias bubbles” are created online, and on sites like Facebook et al you basically socialise with friends who think the same as yourself, and you as a group pretty much read the same biased news all the time, often missing the opposing arguments. Although that type of studies are interesting, that is not a topic of this article.

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Using Yubikey

Following the article on LastPass password manager I mentioned I am using Two Factor Authentication in a couple of ways. One of those ways is via a physical device called Yubikey, which I have on my physical key chain at all times.

Yubikey is a hardware USB “dongle” that I plug in to my computer on an empty USB slot. It is really quite simple: I have paired it with my LastPass account and the Yubikey contains an encrypted string. It does not need to be installed on your computer. It just works.

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Use a Password Manager

Recently a friend of mine had his iCloud account hacked. If you are unsure of what the implications of that could be I urge you to go and have a read of this article, written by Mat Honan. It should scare you into realising having your account(s) hacked is a bad thing, and that using a password manager is a good thing. Go on, read it, then come back.

Back? Right, let’s continue.

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