The Password Book, 2017

The Password Book

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APPENDIX: PASSWORD AND SECURITY RESOURCES has made a name for itself as a website that debunks popular (but untrue) Internet myths. It’s more about the latest meme going around Facebook, but an excellent window into what’s not true but popular on social media.
Rating: 5 Stars.
The Balance Top Internet Scams A-Z
Probably the best online list of all scams, listed from A-Z. Worth a read. Look for patterns as the patterns of scams repeat themselves, even though the content of scams changes over time.
Rating: 5 Stars.
Microsoft Safety & Security Center
Do you have a Windows laptop or computer? If so, be sure to visit Microsoft’s informational center on safety and security for windows devices. If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10, it also has links to popular free security upgrades like Microsoft Security Essentials.
Rating: 4 Stars.
FTC Online Security
Online security information, including scams, hacks, spyware, etc., from the FTC.
Rating: 4 Stars.
Scams and Frauds on
The US government collects information on scams and frauds. This is a useful learning site about the problem.
Rating: 4 Stars.
FTC Scam Alerts
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issues specific alerts on the latest scams out there. This is a useful place to read about the latest scams and look for ‘patterns,’ so that you can see a scam coming.
Rating: 4 Stars.
List of Internet Scams by Heimdal
Heimdal Internet security, and specifically blogger Ioana Rijnetu, bring you this fun list of Internet scams. Read it and just be amazed at how clever scammers can be.
Rating: 4 Stars.
Top 10 Ways to Stay Safe On Public Wi-Fi Networks
Lifehackers shares ten ways to stay safe on public WiFi. Beware of hackers who use ‘free WiFi’ to steal logins and passwords.
Rating: 3 Stars.
Two Factor Auth (2FA)
Who supports two factor authentication? Well, this mega site lists banks, cloud computing, email, education services, and more that support the two-step verification process. Great to look at if your provider does not offer 2FA and you want to switch.
Rating: 3 Stars.
Best Antivirus Software and Apps 2017
The venerable Tom’s Guide reviews and curates a list of the best anti-virus programs for both iOS and Windows.
Rating: 3 Stars.
Microsoft Safety Scanner (Antimalware)
This free tool from Microsoft can scan your PC for infections of both viruses and malware. You have to manually download and run it each time, however. Good if you think you may be ‘infected.’
Rating: 3 Stars.
Android Security Apps: The Top 5
Android phones handle anti-virus and other forms of security differently than Apple, so if you have an Android phone you may want to consider an add-on app for security. Here’s a review article.
Rating: 2 Stars.
Apple Security Updates
Curious about what security updates are out there for Mac iOS or Apple products? Use this nifty update to see what’s worth updating.
Rating: 2 Stars.
FIDO U2F Security Key
If two-factor verification isn’t enough for you, you can go to the next level, which is FIDO U2F security. Here’s a product from Yubico which is one of the more popular alternatives to two-factor verification.
Rating: 1 Stars.