• April 30, 2016

    I Don’t Know My Password

  • A computer security researcher has stumbled upon another huge file of stolen user names and passwords that was posted on the ‘net for other hackers to enjoy. According to web security firm Trustwave, hackers have stolen login usernames and passwords across various sites in the past month with the help of Pony malware, a bit different than a typical breach. Although these are accounts for online services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, this is not the result of any weakness in those companies networks. Individual users had the malware installed on their machines and had their passwords stolen. Pony steals passwords that are stored on the infected users’ computers as well as by capturing them when they are used to log into web services. The malware was configured so that the majority of the credential information was sent to a server in the Netherlands. The server does not show from which countries the information came from however confirmed attacks targeted users worldwide including in the U.S., Germany, Singapore, Thailand and others. Facebook accounted for about 57% of the compromised accounts, followed by Yahoo 10%, Google 9%, Twitter 3% and LinkedIn 1.5%.
  • Creating and maintaining a strong password system is important for all the internet users. You have to keep all your online accounts passwords safe. If you have doubts in your mind about how to form a strong password and how to keep them safe you have to read the below tips. Never leave the password lying around If you fear forgetting your passwords and you write them down somewhere you must keep them in a safe place where no one except you have access to them. You can keep your passwords safe in an encrypted file on your personal computer or smart phone. You can store all your passwords in an online password manager. Do not use lazy passwords The safety of your online accounts depends on the password you choose for it. Do not choose simple passwords such as 123 or ABC as they can be easily hacked. Choose long passwords that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. You can select letters from the favorite word you like and combine it with numbers and use it as a password. However, never use complete words as it can be guessed easily. If the password is hard for you to remember then write down somewhere safe. Norton contact phone number is 800-927-3991 or 800-745-6048. Dial one of these numbers and you will be connected to Norton’s customer service personnel and you can lodge a complaint or you can receive the information you want. Do not use the same password for all your online accounts It is not recommended to use same password for all your accounts as they pose a risk of being hacked easily. If a password of one account is hacked, it is possible for all your accounts to be hacked. If you do not want to...
  • April 2, 2012

    Reset Your Lost Ubuntu Password

    From the boot menu or the boot disk select recovery mode, which is usually the second boot option. After you select recovery mode and wait for all the boot-up processes to finish, you’ll be presented with a few options. In this case, you want the Drop to root shell prompt option so press the Down arrow to get to that option, and then press Enter to select it. The root account is the ultimate administrator and can do anything to the Ubuntu installation (including erase it), so please be careful with what commands you enter in the root terminal. Once you’re at the root shell prompt, if you have forgotten your username as well, type ls /home That’s a lowercase L, by the way, not a capital i, in ls. You should then see a list of the users on your Ubuntu installation. In this case, I’m going to reset Susan Brownmiller’s password. To reset the password, type passwd username where usernameis the username you want to reset. In this case, I want to reset Susan’s password, so I type passwd susan You’ll then be prompted for a new password. When you type the password you will get no visual response acknowledging your typing. Your password is still being accepted. Just type the password and hit Enter when you’re done. You’ll be prompted to retype the password. Do so and hit Enter again. Now the password should be reset. Type exit to return to the recovery menu. After you get back to the recovery menu, select resume normal boot, and use Ubuntu as you normally would—only this time, you actually know the password!