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How to safely manage your voice-controlled gadgets

Devices with voice recognition became much more common throughout the 2010s. The addition of Siri to the iPhone 4S in 2011 spurred major competition among tech vendors looking to put voice-powered assistants at the center of how end users interact with their phones, tablets, speakers and smart TVs. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, among others, […]

Use Google prompts to confirm logins on a mobile device

Two-factor authentication (2FA) makes your accounts more secure. For a Google Account, confirming each new login via a prompt is one of the safest and most convenient 2FA options. Once you enable the option from your account page, you can confirm or deny login requests from your mobile device. On Android, these prompts come from […]

Secure your most important internet accounts with a hardware key

Hardware keys such as the popular YubiKey provide strong second factor authentication when signing into services such as Gmail, Facebook and Dropbox. They can either be plugged into a port on your device or be connected wirelessly through Near-Field Communication. Without this unique key, no one can access your accounts, even if they know the […]

Preparing for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

Each October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S., an occasion to become more knowledgeable about security best practices. For NCSAM 2019, the themes are personal accountability and proactivity. Even a strong password is not necessarily enough to protect your accounts from unauthorized access. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS), […]

Configure two-factor authentication for Instagram

If you use Instagram, you can add more protection to your account via two-factor authentication. Once enabled, it requires an additional credential upon login. You can choose between receiving a text message or a code sent to an authenticator app. The latter is more secure.

Use two-step authentication for your Apple ID

If you have an Apple ID, it might be worth it to set up two-factor authentication to prevent any unauthorized access. This is pretty easy to do from any Apple device. Afterward, new logins to your Apple ID will require your approval as well as confirmation of a PIN.