Teaching Parents The How-To’s Of Daily Online Security & Safety

Today’s Monday MADDness comes by way of a password protection update and me updating my RoboForm version… this service protects all my passwords and I have used it for many years!!!

Normally I just update and I am back to work, but today I ventured to stop by their blog, and read a little I have not done this in a while but as always it never ceases to amaze me what you can learn by just investing a few minutes of reading!!!

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Encryption

First, let’s talk a little about encryption. Encryption is the process of transforming readily-readable plaintext

—into gobbledygook, or ciphertext:

 

The algorithm that produces this transformation is called a cipher. If you know the cipher, then you know the encryption key. Sometimes the encryption key will also enable you to decrypt ciphertext (the reverse process), but many protocols will use different keys for encryption and decryption for added security, which is known as asymmetric or public-key cryptography. Think of it as using one key to lock a door and another to unlock it.

Most encryption abides the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which comes in 3 flavors:128192, or 256-bit. These bit lengths refer to key size, in bits. The longer the key, the harder it is to crack the cipher; the US uses 128 to 256-bit AES for SECRET information, but only 192 to 256 for TOP SECRET. We of the RoboForm clan are proud to use 256-bit AES to encrypt passwords and other personal information.

Online security

Remember when we touched upon public-key encryption earlier? Whenever your browser sends a request for a website, the client and the server do what’s called a Transport Layer Security (TSL) handshake. After sending a request to server, you, the client, are granted a public key with which to encrypt information sent across the connection between you and the server. This process adds a measure of insulation to the exchange of data. Meanwhile, the server maintains a private key to decrypt the information. RoboForm Password Manager

No shameless plug, no affiliate’s link, no personal promotion product, etc… this product works and has always stayed one step ahead of the rest, as far as I am concerned… get yourself a Password Protection System (PPS) and stick with it, keep it updated and change your passwords regularly, once a quarter or better yet once a month with RoboForm it is so easy to do, that’s what I do!! Start for less than 10.00 for the first year!

The first step to cyber security is also the easiest: use password security and only use a trusted personal computer and/or mobile device, by using a password protected home computer or mobile device with a password protected WiFi connection, this will instantly stop a majority of crimes. The easiest prey for online cyber criminals are the folks that use no security system and simplistic or easy to guess passwords and usernames. Especially if you do not change them often…



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About the Author:Bill Wardell

Bill Wardell Is A Radio Security Journalist, as well as an advocate for Keeping Our Kids Safe!! With over 20 years of experience owning and operating businesses offline and online. Bill has produced and hosted over 475 radio interviews with industry leaders worldwide. Bill Wardell is well known and respected for his expertise of Online Safety & Security both as an Online Radio Host & Radio Security Journalist.

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