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Passwords aren't the problem -- we are

Roger A. Grimes | Aug. 14, 2014
A billion stolen passwords or no, we can all benefit from exercising common sense when it comes to online security.

For friends:

  • I will not ask any of my friends to run a new Facebook app.
  • I will not email you or use Facebook to tell you I'm trapped in another country and ask you for money to rescue me.
  • I will not ask you to look at this cool new website in an email without any other text that actually sounds like it is coming from me.
  • I will never ask for your password or give you mine, especially over email or social media websites.
  • I will never offer to give you some of my money if you give me your bank account details.
  • I will never offer to pay you full price for your item and pay shipping.
  • I will never offer to buy something from you and suggest my "personal, trusted escrow company" you've never heard of.
  • I will never send you an email saying you'll have bad luck if you don't forward it to 25 other people.
  • I will never tell you to sell me an item you're advertising on a well-known auction service by taking communications offline and bypassing all their protections.
  • I will never send you an email from an email address you've never seen before and ask you to click on a weird link.
  • My email address will always match the embedded email link behind the visible email address.
  • I will never send you an email and tell you to run a program.
  • I will not start a new Facebook page and invite you to friend it while still keeping my current Facebook page.
  • I will not knowingly invite you to share your friend list to look at a video.

If my trusted friends and preferred businesses could understand these rules, I wouldn't have to worry nearly as much about my online logon credentials being stolen.

What would your letter contain?

Source: InfoWorld


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