The Worst Password Ever Created

People create some very bad passwords. In the list of the most popular passwords of 2014, all of them are terrible. Just look at the top 10:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. Qwerty
  6. 123456789
  7. 1234
  8. baseball
  9. dragon
  10. football

But these don’t hold a candle to the very worst password. What is the worst password ever created?

The answer is:

The Social Security number

This is the worst password ever created, and it was made by the U.S. government and various organizations and businesses that use it.

The Social Security number (SSN) is a password because it continues to be used to authenticate identity. If you know your SSN, the assumption goes, then you must be you.

This use of the SSN is a password. As a password, the SSN is just a nine-digit number, no better than the 6th most popular password: 123456789. Here it is as an SSN: 123-45-6789. Just having numbers in one’s password is not adequate, as good passwords also need upper and lower case letters as well as special characters — or else they can be readily cracked.

Armed with your SSN, identity thieves can gain access to various accounts you have, open up new accounts in your name, and engage in fraudulent transactions and attribute them to you. All of this is possible because they have in essence obtained your password — the SSN.

Anyone can find out your SSN. It is often on various public documents; it is in countless record systems; and it has been involved in countless data breaches. It’s perfectly legal for someone to sell your SSN — and companies do. Anyone can buy your SSN online.

But what makes an SSN a worse password than, say, the password “123”? Why is the SSN the worst password ever?

There are two reasons:

1. The SSN is something that identity thieves know is used as a password, and they can readily find people’s SSN. At least with the password 123, others don’t know that it is your password.

2. The SSN is hard to change. With other passwords, if they are compromised, you can quickly change them. Not so with a SSN, which is a tremendous time-consuming hassle to change. As Jon Neiditz aptly notes, whenever there’s a data breach involving your SSN, you now have a potentially life-long increased risk because SSNs are so difficult to change.

Why is the SSN still being used as a password? It shouldn’t be. The SSN was created in 1936 as part of the Social Security System. It wasn’t designed to be a password. It was designed to be used in conjunction with a person’s name to make sure that information about people with the same name wouldn’t get mixed up.

Over time, businesses and government agencies began to use the SSN to authenticate identity.

The irony is that SSNs were designed to be part of a user name, and now they’re being used as a password!

There are ample tools in the law to stop the use of SSNs as passwords. I wrote a while ago how the FTC already has the legal authority to halt the use of SSNs as passwords. And certainly the government can simply pass a law banning such a use. There were proposals to do this more than 40 years ago.

Quite simply: The SSN should never be used as a password to authenticate identity. Never. Such a use is the paragon of inadequate data security.

So thanks to the government, which has given all of us the worst password ever. We can’t change it. And the government won’t protect us by limiting its use.

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Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School, the founder of TeachPrivacy, a privacy/data security training company, and a Senior Policy Advisor at Hogan Lovells. Along with Paul Schwartz, Solove is a Reporter on the American Law Institute’s Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles. He is the author of 9 books includingUnderstanding Privacy and more than 50 articles. Follow Professor Solove on Twitter @DanielSolove.

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Windows 10 means Microsoft 2.0

Windows 10 means Microsoft 2.0

A little while ago, I was reading an article from Cliff Saran on Computer World titled Windows 10: Microsoft at the crossroads which I consider some required reading for those following the recent change of fortunes for Microsoft.

I think that Microsoft has suffered from an image problem for the past few years. I won’t go into the details, but I think that Windows 8 was a really good example of a company that stopped listening properly to their existing and prospective customers.

I think that has Microsoft has changed. And, more importantly it continuing to change.
Cliff’s article details the different ways that Microsoft is handling both the release and the upkeep of their next version of the Windows operating system. As Forrester has noted that roughly 10% of users have migrated to Windows 8.x and even fewer enterprise customers have plans to move to Windows 8.x, Microsoft needed to change it’s game.
And, I believe it has done so with Windows 10 in three major ways.
Windows 10 will be a subscription model
First, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for the first 12-months. After that we can assume that Microsoft will charge a monthly or yearly subscription. This is fundamental change for Microsoft from a license perspective with a move away from monolithic upgrades to a newer version. Windows 10 will then operate on a subscription basis – just like Office 365. Which for Office, seemed to work pretty well. (Disclaimer: our company uses it, and things seem OK so far.)
Microsoft Universal Apps
Microsoft has released a really cool augmented visualization tool called HoloLens that solves some the nasty VR issues (like being sick in front of your friends) and allows computer generated graphics (think Skype video-chats and your current MineCraft project) to be over -layed onto your living room or office space. Cool, but the key ideas behind this technology is that Microsoft is creating a form of universal applications that can be displayed on any medium including; desktops, tablets, phones and even the HoloLens. Think responsive websites but taken to the next level for all of the Microsoft application eco-system. You can read more about Microsoft Universal Apps strategy here.
Business as Usual Migrations and Updates
The third key component of the new Microsoft strategy is a managed approach to continuous cycles of innovation. Since you are now buying a subscription with Windows 10, Microsoft will need to keep adding features to ensure that you stay with Windows. Recognizing that enterprise customers will need a mixed or more flexible approach, Microsoft will support a “consumer paced” update cycle, a four month delayed cycle and a way for customers to opt-out of certain features or all future updates. Gartner has a great diagram that illustrates the the new Microsoft update process as shown below;
With these core changes, I can now understand why Microsoft didn’t call it Windows 9. In binary, 1 and 0 means the number 2.
As I see it, Windows 10 is really Microsoft 2.0
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Surviving a Downturn (in Alberta?)

Surviving a Downturn (in Alberta?) By Tom Peters
You work longer.
You work harder.
You may well work for less; and, if so, you adapt to the untoward circumstances with a smile—even if it kills you inside.
You volunteer to do more.
You always bring a good attitude to work.
You fake it if your good attitude flags.
You literally practice your “game face” in the mirror in the morning, and in the loo mid-morning.
You shrug off shit that flows downhill in your direction—buy a shovel or a “pre-worn” raincoat on eBay.
You get there earlier.
You leave later.
You forget about “the good old days”—nostalgia is for wimps.
You buck yourself up with the thought that “this too shall pass”—but then remind yourself that it might not pass anytime soon, so you re-dedicate yourself to making the absolute best of what you have now.
You eschew all forms of personal excess.
You simplify.
You sweat the details as you never have before.
You sweat the details as you never have before.
You sweat the details as you never have before.
You raise to the sky the standards of excellence by which you evaluate your own performance.
You thank others by the truckload if good things happen—and take the heat yourself if bad things happen.
You behave kindly, but you don’t sugarcoat or hide the truth—humans are startlingly resilient.
You treat small successes as if they were Superbowl victories—and celebrate and commend accordingly.
You shrug off the losses (ignoring what’s going on inside your tummy), and get back on the horse and try again.
You avoid negative people to the extent you can—pollution kills.
You eventually read the gloom-sprayers the riot act.
You learn new tricks of your trade.
You network like a demon.
You help others with their issues.
You give new meaning to the word “thoughtful.”
You redouble, re-triple your efforts to “walk in your customer’s shoes.” (Especially if the shoes smell.)
You mind your manners—and accept others’ lack of manners in the face of their strains.
You are kind to all mankind.
You leave the blame game at the office door.
You become a paragon of accountability.
And then you pray.
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Microsoft Windows 10 to be as popular as Windows 7 – analyst

The adoption of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system has been generally slow because it looks and feels unfamiliar to most users. Windows 10 operating system promises to become more popular because Microsoft will attempt to make it more familiar to users of classic Windows operating systems. A financial analyst said that Windows 10 could be as popular as Windows 7.

Intel Corp. has suggested that as many as 600 million personal computers could be replaced with PCs powered by Windows 10 operating system in the foreseeable future. Microsoft itself said that Windows 10 will be used on billions of devices. While it is unknown precisely how Microsoft plans to monetize its next-generation operating system, Brendan Barnicle, an analyst with Pacific Crest, believes that Microsoft’s licensing revenues will be significantly higher in the coming years.

“Microsoft saw relatively weak adoption of Windows 8, but early reviews are encouraging for Windows 10,” said Mr. Barnicle in a note to clients, reports Tech Trader Daily. “The Windows 10 upgrade cycle could be like Windows 7. While we believe it will not be as strong an upgrade cycle as the XP expiration cycle, Windows 10 could provide upside to our F2016 D&C licensing revenue estimates, which are currently modeled to be flat.”

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Since Windows 10 operating system will work on personal computers, tablets, smartphones and even wearables, the OS will be sold at different price-points. It is likely that average revenue per copy will be lower than average revenue a Windows license brings to Microsoft today. As a result, to benefit from Windows 10, Microsoft will just have to sell higher amount of copies than it did with Windows 8.

There are multiple ways for Microsoft to monetize its operating systems. The main challenge for Windows 10 will be to persuade makers of smartphones, tablets and wearables to use the platform in general. So far, Microsoft has not been very successful on the market of mobile devices and has consistently lost market share to Google Android. It is not guaranteed that Microsoft manages to capture share from Android and Android Wear in the future.

Microsoft will release Windows 10 operating system next fall.

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Install and Update All Your Programs at Once

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Every app installed from this site, http://www.ninite.com will keep itself updated.

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Laptop Repair

Imagine you’re working on that crucial project or assignment when disaster strikes and your laptop dies.
Big box stores can take weeks before they diagnose and fix your laptop and that’s if they don’t send
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You can’t afford downtime when your laptop isn’t working. That’s why http://www.jhcomputersolutionsinc.com  provides
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We have experience repairing all major brands of laptops including Dell, Apple, Acer, HP, Toshiba and
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JH Computer Solutions Inc. Onsite Computer repair

JH Computer Solutions provides service to your home 7 days per week.  Generally, the technician can give you an estimate of how long the service call will take within 30 minutes of arriving there….once they have a chance to assess the computer and take a look at the list of issues that you have.

Troubleshooting/Computer Repair
Whatever behaviour your computer is exhibiting….we will find out what the cause of the problem is and then tell you about the solution(s) that are available for us to rectify the problem.

Wireless/Wired Networks
We can set up your home network for you. Connect all your home computers through one internet connection using wireless, wired or combination of both. We can also enable your home network to share peripherals, such as printers or scanners.

Remote Support
Not located in our service area? Do you need support but don’t have the time to schedule a visit? JH Computer Solutions offers their remote support service via email,telephone and remote control of your computer. Let one of our Microsoft certified technicians assist you in resolving your computer and network challenges in a fast and friendly manner.

Data Recovery
Accidentally deleted a file? Let us retrieve it for you. (Some conditions apply)

Virus/Spyware Removal and Protection
Let us remove those viruses and spyware that are slowing down and clogging up your computer and then provide you with some tools to help prevent such occurrences from happening again.

Software/Hardware Installation/Training
Need help installing software or new hardware? We would love to not only install the hardware/software but help you get up and running with your new purchase.

Synchronization/Consolidation of Contact lists and Databases
Are you looking in different applications and different electronic devices (Cell Phone, PDA’s) for that person or business. Centralize all your contact information or have it “synchronize” across different devices.

Computer/Network Optimization
Is your computer or network running as well as it can?

Have questions? Need help? JH Computer Solutions technicians are available to come see you 7 days a week.

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Virus Removal with a Difference

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We specialize in virus removal without reformatting or losing your photos, business documents, programs and music. We just remove the viruses, nothing else. You don’t need to go back to square one just because you have a virus. After the viruses are removed, we speed up your computer by getting rid of junk files and unwanted processes and fixing hard drive and registry errors. We also repair all kinds of computer hardware and software problems. We fix gently.  We have a new anti-virus cocktail which will greatly improve your computers chances of warding off viruses. Call today.

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JH Computer Repair and Services Calgary, Chestermere

We’ll make your computer run like new!

In our computer repair shop and our onsite IT support department, we specialize in making your computers run as fast and smoothly as possible.If you want to be treated well and have your computer running better than ever, call 403-875-7352 or goto   www.jhcomputersolutionsinc.com   Or if you’re wondering where to take your computer for repair in Calgary and Chestermere, give us a call, We come to you! We’ll start fixing it today. We’ll improve your experience with computers and help you use technology to improve your life and business.

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Or give us a call if you have questions or need onsite support at your business or home: 403-875-7352.                                              We are mcp

Our Services:

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  • Remote Support (we come into your computer remotely)
  • Custom Computers
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PC & MAC Repair …we come to you.

Virus Removal  – File Recovery – …and more!
We come armed with all equipment needed to repair any computer related issue directly at your home or office.

One Rate. Many Services  www.jhcomputersolutionsinc.com

We are a team of highly trained, very professional PC and Mac technicians that do house calls.
We get the job done fast and efficiently.
There is no need to pack up your computer, take it across town and leave it in a repair shop for a few days. Just pick an available time on our calendar that suits your schedule and we will come to you.

Virus Removal:

We remove Malware, Spyware, Ransomware and Adware without reinstalling Windows or losing any of your precious data.   Our Virus Sweep procedure consists of the following: – Deep Virus, Malware, Adware and Ransomware scans running our custom tools with robust systems that clean deep into your computers registry. – Comprehensive cleaning of your computer from unwanted/un-needed temporary files, freeing up space on your HDD. – Internal computer cleaning to clear the ventilation system, fans and passageways of dust in your machine. This will prevent hardware damage due to overheating and sensitive circuits. – Re-Optimization (tune-up) of your computer for performance, so you get the most out of your machine once again.

OS Installs and Repair:

Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and all Mac OSX operating systems. We can also downgrade any computer from Windows 8 back to our preference OS Windows 7! You will never loose any files when we reinstall an OS.

Networking:

Router Configuration, Wifi, Wireless security, LAN, WAN, VPN

Hardware Repair:

Spills, Broken Screens, Over-heating and all other computer related hardware. If your System will not boot, freezes or has blue screens, we can repair this immediately onsite without reinstalling windows.

Data Recovery:

We Recover Deleted Files, Formatted HDD’s, Broken HDD’s usually right on site within your home or office. By more severe cases, we recover your files overnight within 24 hours.

Computer Sales:

Custom built computers to suit your budget and requirements. Save money and get the ideal computer for you. Custom configured and tuned for how you will use it. We personally deliver these to your home and set them up on your network. Full package at half the cost.

We repair all computer related issues.

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We accept Cash, Cheques, Credit Cards and …but only after the work is done and you are fully satisfied.

At the end of each appointment you will be asked to test your system to make sure everything is working better than ever. Let us know our tech know if something was left unresolved, and it will be taken care of before payment is made.

 

 

 

 

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