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By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:35:56 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on November 3, 2015

With password breaches in recent years, it's become an imperative not to reuse passwords. People use simple passwords because it's too hard to remember strong ones. This is where a password manager can help.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:18:01 AM

Technology today is so pervasive. Our children have access to much more technology than many of us did when we were growing up. As parents, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on what your children are doing online, to know the games they play and websites they visit and to establish ground rules early.


By Hawaiian Telcom on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:29:43 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 24, 2015

Ransomware is a class of malicious software that infects and restricts access to your computer until a payment is made. The method of infection is similar to that of phishing attacks and spreads through compromised websites and email containing malicious attachments or links. The key difference is ransomware is more overt and confronts you shortly after you've been compromised. Prevention is the key to defending yourself.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Monday, March 2, 2015 4:02:34 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on February 24, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology movement to enable connectivity to devices, from household items to industrial equipment. Learn what you must consider when evaluating and purchasing these devices.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, December 19, 2014 4:45:58 PM

Follow these tips to protect yourself from becoming a phishing scam victim.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:34:40 PM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on September 9, 2014 

Few people had heard the term "catfishing" before Manti Te'o famously revealed last year that he had been a victim of the scam, which involves people who create fake social media profiles to pursue online romances. But Te'o is hardly alone in being duped by ficticious online personas, and most instances of catfishing have far greater--and often financial--consequences. Read what our Expert recommends so we don't fall prey to catfishing.

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, August 15, 2014 12:33:30 PM

We’d like to remind all our High-Speed Internet customers of the dangers of illegal downloading of music, movies, and television shows from the Internet. Hawaiian Telcom is receiving notices that some of our customers are copying or sharing songs, movies, and television programs from the Internet in violation of the copyright laws. These notices identify the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the alleged violators and threaten to take legal action against the violators. There are legal ways to find movies, television shows and music on the Internet. Learn more...

 

By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, August 15, 2014 11:32:37 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 12, 2014 

News broke last week that a Russian crime syndicate had amassed the largest known collection of Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username-and-password combinations. Thanks to events such as this, Two-Factor Authentication, sometimes abbreviated 2FA, is gaining momentum. 2FA has been around for decades, but it only recently has become accessible to the general public. 

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:45:42 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on May 20, 2014 

In recent columns I've advocated for the general use of password managers as a mechanism to improve your password hygiene. Password managers generate strong passwords on a per-site basis and store them, eliminating the need for you to remember dozens of passwords for the different websites that you regularly visit. It also should eliminate the more common and very unsafe practice of reusing the same password on different websites. Naturally the question has come up: How safe are password managers? Aren't they the digital equivalent of putting all our eggs in one basket?

By Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:25:24 AM
This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on April 22, 2014 

With the recent Heartbleed vulnerability blowing up in the news, it's a good time to remind everyone that good passwords, and good password hygiene, are critical for the long-term protection of you and your online accounts. Site operators have a huge role to play in keeping their systems secure from hackers, but if you use weak passwords or don't change them often, you can weaken the site's security.

Here are some key tips for making sure you are doing your part in keeping your accounts secure...