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Change default passwords from your Internet enabled devices

Useless to write again about changing default passwords? Think again… I just bought two brand-new TP-Link WiFi Range Extenders, models WA860RE and WA854RE. Latest version, latest firmware. Both come with default username and password: admin. It is written on their back… Once you login, you will go through as wizard which configures the device. But, it doesn’t prompt you to change that password! When you go to System tools -> Passwords, you are prompted to change the user name and password. But, you must choose a good password, because TP-Link clearly requires: The new user name and password must not exceed 14 characters in length and must not include any spaces.     Well, that’s how TP-Link thinks that a password, or better, a passphrase should be. For ideas and tips how to change one visit Improve Your Security and download the free eBook.   What is the correct approach for TP-Link? They must make it easier for the user and as soon as the device is started for the first time, the wizard must prompt you to change the password. It makes absolutely no sense to prompt for a user name. You can have a default one (e.g.: admin) and keep…

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Softpedia published a review of “Improve your security”

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Free-eBook-on-How-to-Improve-Your-Security-402734.shtml Author: Eduard Kovacs   If you want to learn all there is to know about protecting your devices and online accounts against cybercriminals, we recommend that you check out “Improve Your Security,” a free eBook published by Avira Security Expert and Product Manager Sorin Mustaca. These days, cybercriminals aren’t only after our computers’ resources and our financial information. They can make a hefty profit even by hacking into our social media accounts. That’s why it’s important to know how to properly protect our online assets against cybercrooks. Mustaca’s book is split into four chapters: Accounts and Passwords, Online Security, Device Security, and a chapter that provides tips. The best thing about the last chapter is that the tips are formatted in a way that allows users to easily print them on paper. This can be highly useful, especially for less advanced users who are more accustomed to working with instructions printed on paper. The tips section includes 20 tricks to improve your security in general, 10 steps to securing a new computer, protecting social media accounts, and 10 tips for mobile device security. It also teaches users how to determine if their social media accounts have been hacked. The…

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