Win8/RT Tip: Make your Picture Password harder to guess

One of the nice things that Microsoft have done in Windows 8 and RT for people using a touchscreen, like on the Surface, is provide a new way of signing in with a Picture Password. They expain in a comprehensive post how secure it is, but in practice I believe that many users will reduce the level of security by too closely following Microsoft’s examples. What are the chances that a large percentage of Picture Password users select an image of family members or pets, or similar and then create their three gestures by circling heads and drawing dots on, or … Continue reading Win8/RT Tip: Make your Picture Password harder to guess

Keep yourself and your stuff safe online

Microsoft has teamed up with author Linda McCarthy to offer a free downloadable version of her new book Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online. The book covers a variety of computer security and online safetly topics and is aimed at internet savvy teens, as well as parents and educators. Personally I’d say that the chances of teens reading it all the way through aren’t great, but parents of online offspring should definitely get up to speed with this stuff. Frankly I’d recommend that anyone who uses the internet and isn’t as capable as Sarah Connor at fighting … Continue reading Keep yourself and your stuff safe online