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How To Protect IE, Chrome and Firefox from the POODLE SSL v3 Exploit

Posted in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP by Steve Sinchak

Google security researchers have published details about a major security flaw found in the SSL protocol that is used to encrypt data transferred between your browser and a web server. SSL is typically used in situations where logon credentials are validated or when other confidential information is exchanged (e.g. online banking). The exploit Google discovered works by taking advantage of two vulnerabilities.  1. Manipulate your web browser into using an old version of the SSL protocol. 2. Using a known exploit in the old version to essentially decrypt the encrypted traffic.

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Enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Microsoft Account

Posted in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP by Steve Sinchak

Enabling two-factor authentication is a great way to add an additional level of protection to your Microsoft account.  Even if your password is stolen, your account is still protected because two-factor authetication requires an additional level of verification to log in. Microsoft calls their version of two-factor authentication "two-step verification" and it works by providing you with a random code that must be entered in additional to your password when you log in.  Microsoft offers three ways to generate the verification code.  It can be sent via e-mail, SMS message or using a token generator app on your mobile phone. 

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