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Boxcryptor Encrypts Prior to Sending to the Cloud

I sometimes need to transfer files between computers and tools like Dropbox, SkyDrive and Box are great for this. However, sometimes the files are sensitive and I’d prefer for the file to not be potentially visible if the service I use is ever hacked. Lately, I’ve been looking for something that would enable secure files in the cloud. I remembered Steve Gibson had previously discussed some of the cloud file storage services and made some recommendations. That led me to Boxcryptor, which makes pre-internet encryption very simple. The application is free, but there are advanced features available in the paid options.

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Hackers have gotten brave charging $300 to access your own data

CryptoLocker. Heard of it? Maybe not yet, but you should be taking precautions against it. This tricky little trojan virus will encrypt all the data on your computer and then hold it for ransom. Charging you $300 to get the key to unlock your data. Here are some articles and tips for protecting yourself.

ReadWrite: How to Fight CryptoLocker

Krebs on Security: CryptoLocker Crew ratchets Up the Ransom

Wikipedia: CryptoLocker details on Wikipedia

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Take Control of Your Passwords

Joe Kissell’s recently published ebook on password management. It’s only $10 and you can immediately download it in just about any format you need. Available at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/passwords

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AgileBits Releases 1Password 4

I’ve been using the latest password manager from Agile Bits for a few weeks now and can say that it is very nice. I had a sync bug on my iPhone, but that was quickly resolved with an update from AgileBits the next day. The biggest improvement for me is the built in tabbed browser so it is now much easier to access your secure sites on iOS without having to jump between your password manager and browser.

For more reviews go here: http://blog.agilebits.com/2012/12/23/1password-4-for-ios-in-the-press/

Grab it now for $7.99 in the App Store (discounted for a limited time)

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Gone are the days of clever passwords

Remember when “password” and “monkey” were the popular passwords for most? Well, I’d like to think we moved on, but we haven’t. We thought we’d get crafty and outsmart those that wanted to hack our accounts with more sophisticated passwords that use the number “3″ instead of an “E” or the number “1″ for an “I”. Turns out that system is also very flawed. A recent article from Lifehacker (Your Clever Password Tricks Aren’t Protecting You from Today’s Hackers) covers it well in addition to a SecurityNow! podcast (Password Cracking Update: The Death of Clever) for those that prefer their learning in the car.

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Check your social permissions

It’s probably a good idea to check the permissions you have given sites like Twitter or Facebook. http://mypermissions.org/ will help you in the process of finding out who has gained access to your personal information!

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