Thursday, 28 January 2016

If you Want a Really Strong Password This is How to do it

How to Create Strong, Secure, Passwords You Can Remember


Chances are if you’re reading this you have some sort of password, whether it’s for your e-mail account, Wi-Fi or any one of a thousand other accounts that require a secure password.
As devices are getting more mobile we’re using them in more and more places which increasingly exposes us and our passwords to would be thieves who may wish to obtain our “secure” information.
Passwords should ideally be unique and each account you have should use a different password. Not just a little different but totally different and that’s where we encounter problems. The more accounts you have the more unique passwords you need to remember and we’re always told that these passwords shouldn’t be common words or things like our date of birth that could be easy to guess or work out. If the word you use can be found in a dictionary then it can be easily worked out as these are the words that most hackers or software will check first when trying to crack your password.
Similarly if the letters appear in order on your keyboard such as “123456” or “qwerty” then it’s not a strong password. You also need to avoid passwords that can be easily guessed such as the name of the street you live on, a favorite sports team city or the university you attended, the name of a loved one or their date or birth, all of these would be deemed weak passwords. A few of the most common passwords and terms to avoid are: – “god,” “money,” “love,” “monkey,” “letmein,” and if you use “password” as your password then you may as well not have a password at all.

So how do you create a Strong password that you can remember, well strong passwords should contain upper case and lower case letters they should also contain some numbers and special characters as this covers the full range of text available to us, below are some examples for each.
Character category Examples
Uppercase letters A, B, C
Lowercase letters a, b, c
Numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Symbols found on the keyboard (all keyboard characters not defined as letters or numerals) and spaces ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] \ | : ; ” ‘ < > , . ? /

You should then consider length; many passwords have to be at least 8 characters long so aim for at least this and preferably 12 characters or more.
So with this in mind how do you create an easy to remember password. Well think of an easy word to remember such as “dinosaur”now when you type it move every letter one to the right. So “dinosaur” becomes “fompdsit”.
Now add some upper cases “FompdsiT”
Now add some numbers “F0mpds1T”
Don’t forget some symbols “F0^^pd$1T”
Just remember the pattern for you capitals, numbers and symbols in this case.
Capitals                               =                             First and last letter.
Numbers                            =                             Second and Second from the end.
Symbols                             =                             Third and third from the end.
This may not be so easy if you have to enter the password on your phone so you could try picking a word or name something easy to remember then spell it backwards. So “New York” becomes “Kroywen”. Then swap some letters for numbers and symbols so you could end up with “Kr0yw3^”
Changing the letter ‘O’ for ‘0’, ‘a’ for ‘@’ or ‘e’ for ‘3’ are obvious so you can make it more complicated, just make sure your replacements make sense so as you can remember them.
Another easy way to create a password you can remember is pick a phrase and then use the acronym of this, after change some letters to capitals, symbols and numbers to make it more secure and you have a strong password.
If you’re worried your password isn’t strong enough there are sites that let you type in your password and they will measure how strong it is. You can click here to visit one of them.
You can even personalize your passwords for your accounts so your email password could be “Kr0yw3^EMA” for example and your Facebook password could be “F0^^pd$1TFAC”. If you follow these tips you should be able to create strong and secure passwords that are easy to remember.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Keeping your Wallet Safe from the Kids!

How to Prevent your Kids from Buying on your Google Play Account

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I recently wrote about the importance of having a strong and secure password but sometimes that’s not enough. If you have set your Google Play account to remember your password then anyone who gets hold of your phone could potentially rack up huge bills on your account.
There have been many headlines in the past 6 months regarding children racking up huge bills on Apple and Amazon App stores and the same could be true for your Google Play account if you don’t take care.
The usual default setting for Google Play Accounts is for the store to ask for your password the first time you use it. After that you are prompted to choose what password settings you would like and if you selected the options “to never be prompted for your password again” or for you to have a 30 minute log in period after you type the password then it’s very easy for unwanted purchases to be made.
If you’re unsure of you Google Play Settings or would like to make sure that unwanted purchases can’t be made then you can follow the simple step by step instructions below to set your account t to ask for your password “ for all purchases” and this will stop unwanted purchases from stacking up on your account.
If your worried about forgetting your password then check out our blog “How to Create Strong, Secure, Passwords You Can Remember”.

Step By Step Guide

  1.  Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Touch the Play Store icon > Settings.
  3. Under “User controls,” touch Require password for purchases.
  4. Choose a password setting.
    • For all purchases   ( recommended )
    • Every 30 minutes
    • Never
  5. Type your password.
Also, if you use the “Every 30 minutes” setting, you can review your password settings by selecting the Change settings link that displays after you’ve made a purchase.
If you’re unsure of your account log in details then you can click to visit the account Recovery Page for Google Play Accounts.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Keeping Kids Safe on Android

How to Create a Safe Friendly Android Experience for your Children

You may know how to protect your child by putting parental control on their cell phone but here is how you can set up a child friendly Android Tablet and make sure that they are safe when using the device unsupervised.
Child with glasses using a laptop computer

Whether your child has their own Android device or shares one with you or other members of your family, you should always make sure they have their own account set up wherever possible.
By setting yourself, or another responsible adult, as the primary user (administrator) you can subsequently set up additional restricted accounts for your child.
With a Primary account you will have administrative controls over any restricted accounts so can select what apps they can see and interact with giving you control over the content that is available to them.
Unfortunately many older Phones and some Tablet PCs have this feature disabled by the manufacturer. To enable it you may even need to root your device, which should probably be left to experienced uses or professionals.
If you’re unsure you can always check the menu options.

Setting up Additional User Accounts

To set up a new user on your device go to the settings menu, then under the device sub list you should see a users option, tap this.
You will now be presented with a list of current users and the option to add another user.
Select the add user option, and then be sure to select Restricted Profile in the options that pop up.
You will also be able to toggle the app you want this account to have access to. With apps that have a gear or cog icon next to them there are additional option that you can set, such as in the Google Play store you can select options for paid apps and content to make sure that only age appropriate information and apps are displayed.

After setting all this up you will need to decide whether to add a current Google Account for this user or create a new one for this user.
Google uses a single account for everything this will include access to apps, emails and social network. Creating a new account under your child’s name will give them control of whatever apps, music and movies they want to download without it overriding your settings or spilling additional data into your own and other accounts on that device.

Play Store Parental Controls

Whichever option you choose you should be certain to set up Google Plays Parental access controls on any account they have access to. These controls are located under the Settings > User menu and will need you to be logged into the Google account. The Play Store app will request a PIN code to be entered and confirmed. Make sure you keep this PIN code a secret and safe. Once setup this will restrict the content displayed in the Google Play store letting you set rating limitations for app and music content as well as controls over payments for Play store purchases so they can’t rack up astronomical fees on a Play Store Account.

Parental Control Apps

If you’re seek further controls over you child’s Android use and are not available to monitor their usage first hand then you may like additional support from 3rd party apps. These can let you set usage time restrictions so children can only use a tablet between given hours of the day or for a set amount of time. They can let you block specific apps and web sites and even track and report on activity so you can see just how your kids are using the device and how much time they spend on different apps, games etc. There are plenty to chose from many of them free or at very low prices so whether it’s a phone, tablet, or TV box you can keep your children safe while they learn and play.