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Month: April 2017

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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