Today, Google announced two-factor authentication for all Google accounts. Previously, two-factor authentication was only available to Google Apps customers. With two-factor authentication, users need both a username/password and a phone to sign-in to their Google account. If you enable this feature, you will be prompted for your username/password like normal. Then you will be prompted for a verification code, which Google will send to your phone. The extra requirement adds an extra layer of security in the event someone steals or guesses your password. Without your phone, your password is useless to a hacker. I like the idea behind 2-factor authentication, but it also means extra work to set-up and log-in.
After I wrote my post about AVG anti-virus software, a reader sent me an email telling me he didn’t think highly of AVG. Based on his IT experience, he thought Comodo and avast were better antivirus products. I don’t have a lot of experience with virus and malware products so I can’t really disagree with him. I do know AVG and ClamAV worked well for me. Anyhow, I decided to put together a more extensive list of anti-virus and anti-malware software products. I’ve used AVG and ClamAV on the free sid; and Norton, McAfee and Trend Micro on the commercial side. In my opinion, they are all fine products but I’m not fond of the annoying upgrade notices of the commercial products.
I had to setup a new Linksys wireless router recently and I thought I would share some tips for improving the security of your wireless network. Below are six ways for securing your wireless router.
Tip #1: Change the default password
I’ve owned several routers through the years and it seems like all of them use 192.168.1.1 as the IP address, admin as the user name, and password as the password. In my opinion, most people don’t even bother to change the default password, which is a big mistake — especially if you share your WiFi connection with neighbors, house guests, and nerdy friends of your kids (when they come over to do homework). If you don’t change your password, anyone can log into your router and makes changes — like locking you out, disabling the firewall, and turning on remote router access. Now would also be a good time to change the local IP address of your router (something other than 192.168.1.1).