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  • As a security conscious person two factor authentication has always been an attractive solution to me.  It provides a quick and easy way for me to add an extra level of security to my online accounts without having to remember yet more passwords.  But what is two factor authentication?  Well two factor authentication is the idea of accessing your accounting something you know, such as your password and then uses something you have which can be anything from a mobile phone, to an authenticator gadget or app.  In my case, many of the websites I use two factor authentication on use my phone and a text message.

    Not long ago I discovered that I could enable such a mechanism on Facebook.  Traditionally Facebook uses their own app to generate security codes in order to get into your account, however they do provide the option to hook your phone up to your account. Armed with this I went about having the code to verify my phone sent via text, completed setting up my account. Simple right?

  • I have had the opportunity recently to write a password strength testing tool. As part of my testing, I used some of my own passwords. Shockingly, against my own standards, my own passwords did not hold their own, coming in at around 35 percent. I decided to take this a step further and put a few pass sites to the test. My results were all over the place. Many accepted passwords that were virtually useless others took a bit more of a strict approach. In this article I give you an overview of some of the ones I tried

    DISCLAIMER:Aside from my own testing software, I can not guarantee that the passwords you enter on these websites are not being stored, also many of the sites my own included transmit your password in plain text. Please do not enter any passwords to sensitive information in these forms.

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    You're working on a new project, and the client asks for a new feature that wasn't in the original proposal, you add the feature, and a few months down the road the requirements have changed again, and the client decides that the feature just won't do.

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    Jeff Manning

    When you create any new website, having that website pay for itself, or better still turn a profit is both a practical and even necessary goal.  But how and when do you monetize your website and what strategy should you use? In this post I will explore various options that you can take to monetize your website, the pros and cons for each option and when you should implement them.