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Passwords are the first defense in protecting access to your personal data. Example: your finances, credit information etc. Quite a number of people globally still don’t use secured passwords, and this makes them even more vulnerable to hackers.

Passwords are not a full proof in securing our documents because just as a burglar can get past a locked door, any determined hacker can get past them too. So Protecting and safeguarding your data requires a little intelligent effort.  Below, I have highlighted ways to beef up your online security.
1. Consider a Password Administrator. Password administrators keep track of the various usernames and passwords you use on various sites. They’ll also synchronize your passwords across different devices, meaning you won’t be stumped if you log onto a site from your phone which you had registered using a laptop.
2. Don’t disclose your Password. A staggering number of people still freely give their passwords to a third party. Globally, a one-third of the people who say they have shared their password have shared the password to their bank account or ATM cards and also their email. We advice you don’t fall under this category.
3. The Use of biometrics. That’s not only more secured, it also prevents you from forgetting your password.  Smart phones, tablets and laptops are increasingly letting people log on with a fingerprint instead of a password. Voice recognition and touch security services are other new measures.
4. Multiple Passwords for accounts. While it’s certainly easier to use the same password on multiple sites, remember that doing so can increase your vulnerability. Not only can hackers use that password to access other important accounts of yours, you’re also opening yourself up to scrutiny from a larger number of people trying to crack many different sites. If you regularly visit a large number of sites and worry you’ll forget which password to use, this next tip will come in handy.
5. Utilize multifaceted verification. An increasing number of online services revolving around sensitive information (such as Gmail, online bank accounts etc) offer the option for an additional step between entering your password and accessing your account. (Typically, a code is sent to the phone number you have on record.) This is a notable deterrent for any hacker trying to compromise your account.
6. Don’t use a weak Password. People continue to use simple ones like “123456” and “password” for their passwords, even though those have consistently been ranked the guessable passwords for many years. When you’re asked to create or update a password for a site, avoid simple patterns that are easily guessed. You are to select something that has 12 characters or longer, using letters, numbers and other symbols to secure it very well.
7. Respond to Software Updates. It seems we’re notified almost daily about some program or another that requires an update. It has been revealed that whenever the update notice pops up, people ignore it. Have it in mind that there is going to be a security update in that update pop up.  So when you see it, you need to act on it by clicking and patiently wait as it automatically updates itself for your online data safety.
I hope this helps in awakening you guys on securing your password.

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Twitter confirms Trump’s ban will remain forever even if he runs again in 2024

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Twitter confirms Trump’s ban will remain forever even if he runs again in 2024

Former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter ban will remain forever, even if he runs for president again in 2024, a top company official said on Wednesday February 10.

During an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Twitter’s chief financial officer, Ned Segal, was asked if the platform would restore Trump’s account if he ran again and was elected president.

In his reply, Segal said the ban is permanent, even if he ever becomes president again.

“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” Segal said.

“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we would have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”

“So, no?,” Squawk Box host Rebecca Quick pressed.

“He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who [was] a public official once they’ve been removed from the service,” Segal responded.

Mr. Segal also confirmed that the rules would apply to any public official that was banned from the service for similar reasons to Mr. Trump.

The republican politician was banned from Twitter last month following the deadly Jan. 6 riots that interrupted Congress’ certification of President Biden’s electoral college win.

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International police takes down ‘world’s most dangerous’ malware network

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Law enforcement authorities across several countries have taken down a network of what they describe as the “world’s most dangerous malware.”

The malware, Emotet, gained access to users’ computers through infected email attachments, including documents purporting to be “invoices, shipping notices and information about Covid-19,” European police agency Europol, which coordinated the effort, said in a statement Wednesday.

“The Emotet infrastructure essentially acted as a primary door opener for computer systems on a global scale,” Europol said. “Once this unauthorised access was established, these were sold to other top-level criminal groups to deploy further illicit activities such as data theft and extortion.”

The global effort to disrupt and take control of the compromised network, known as a botnet, was carried out jointly between eight countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. The network consisted of several hundred servers across the world, Europol said.

An investigation by Dutch police yielded a database of email addresses, passwords and usernames that were compromised by Emotet. Users can check whether their email addresses were breached through this link.

The malware saw a resurgence last year, according to the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which described “a significant increase in malicious cyber actors targeting state and local governments” with Emotet phishing emails. “This increase has rendered Emotet one of the most prevalent ongoing threats,” CISA added.

Europol urged internet users to update their device’s antivirus tools and exercise greater caution to avoid falling prey to malware attacks.

Users should carefully check their email and avoid opening messages and especially attachments from unknown senders,” it said. “If a message seems too good to be true, it likely is and emails that implore a sense of urgency should be avoided at all costs.”

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Facebook to stop recommending civic and political groups

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Facebook will stop recommending users join “civic and political” groups, as it tries to reduce the number of political posts in people’s feeds.

It follows weeks of suppressing such content around the US election but will now become permanent policy around the world.

Mark Zuckerberg announced the change in a phone call with investors.

“People don’t want politics and fighting to take over,” the Facebook boss told those on the call.

It remains unclear what “civic groups” covers, and how the change could affect grassroots campaigning.

A Facebook spokesperson said the company was “still fine tuning” the policy and how it would work in the UK.

The decision follows months of pressure over the spread of misinformation on Facebook.

And Mr Zuckerberg said it wanted “to make sure the communities people connect with are healthy and positive”.

“There are also a lot of groups that we may not want to encourage people to join, even if they don’t violate our policies,” he said.

“Now, we plan to keep civic and political groups out of recommendations for the long term.”

This was “a continuation of work we’ve been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations and communities”, Mr Zuckerberg said.

Facebook groups are often used for legitimate community organising and grassroots campaigns, however, something Mr Zuckerberg “want[s] to be able to keep happening”.

“But one of the top pieces of feedback we’re hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services,” he added.

Facebook banned more than one million groups in 2020.

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