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Facebook Data Breach
Recently there was another data breach in the news. Half a billion Facebook accounts have been compromised with 30 million of those being in the US. Names, phone numbers, birthdates and email address were taken.
These events seem to be increasing in frequency. This is a good time to think about steps you can take to secure your online accounts.
•Creating a good password. Make sure that it’s not easily guessable and don’t use the same password for all your online accounts. Remembering so many passwords is challenging, but certainly important in keeping you safe. Use two-factor authentication whenever possible. This is where you are sent an email or text to verify that it is really you logging into your account.
•Separate email account that you use for certain online activities, such as Facebook or for web sites that you may log into occasionally. This will keep your main email account for trusted activities such as emailing your grandma or receiving your paperless bills from your trusted accounts. It also cuts down on the amount of unwanted junk emails you receive in your mail account from every web site that you visit.
As far as the most recent Facebook hack goes there is a website that you can go to and put in your email address and it will tell you if your account was included in the breach. It doesn’t ask for passwords, only the email address that you have associated with your Facebook account. The site is www.haveibeenpwned.com. If your email doesn’t show up on this web site it doesn’t mean you are 100% home free. From what I read not all emails were included in the data mining, meaning that the hackers could still have your other identity points, such as name, birth date and phone number.
Online security becomes more important all the time. We can’t prevent it, but we can do our best to keep ourselves and our accounts as secure as possible.
Have a safe week!
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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