Smartphone, Dumb Password

Recently we have heard a lot about celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo who have had their mobile devices and private accounts hacked by cybercriminals and their personal information exposed and misused.

Unfortunately for us, this sort of thing is not just reserved for Hollywood’s A-list. Cybercriminals are constantly on the lookout for new ways to breach your privacy settings which is why we need to take action and make sure our stuff is properly protected. After all, in a single year; 10% of adults online have experienced cybercrime on their mobile devices, yet only 16% of them install the most up to date mobile security.

We can make sure our stuff is properly protected by learning how to create more effective passwords – that is passwords that cannot be deciphered after a quick scroll through the ‘About me’ section of your Facebook or Twitter feed! If you have trouble remembering all passwords , Norton Identity Safe is a free and easy and more secure way to remember your user names and passwords. There are apps available for your iOS and Android mobile devices so you can easily and securely access your favourite websites on the move. Find out more at or you can also generate a stronger password at:

Most of us have been guilty of using lazy passwords and may be unaware of just how easily our security can be breached. Norton security expert David Hall shares his top 5 tips for making sure your password choice is truly secure. Take a look at the tips then take the Norton Password Protection Quiz to find out just how password protected you really are!


Top 5 tips for making sure your password is truly secure:

  1. Never reuse the same password on more than one site and don’t share a password with anyone
  2. Make sure your password uses a combination of letters, symbols and numbers
  3. Don’t use passwords or security questions that are obvious to anyone who follows you on social media
  4. Don’t use the ‘Remember my password’ option on your device and always log out of private pages after using them
  5. Go to to make sure you are using a password that is secure


Norton Quiz – Password Security

Question 1:
When building a password, do you use a combination of letters, symbols and numerals?

a.       Yes always (5 points)
b.      Some but not all (3 points)
c.       Never/ It’s not something I think about (1 point)


Question 2:
Do you use your birthday as your password?

a.       No, that’s too obvious! (5 points)
b.      Occasionally, for one or two of my passwords (3 points)
c.       Yes, then I know I won’t forget it! (1 points)


Question 3:
Could someone decipher your password simply by tracking you on social media?

a)      No, my passwords are random (5 points)
b)      Possibly, if they tracked closely (3 points)
c)       Yes, it wouldn’t be very hard (1 point)


Question 4:
How challenging would you rate your secret security question out of ten for someone who knows you?

a)      7-10 – No one could guess it (5 points)
b)      4 -7 – Only my close friends could answer it (3 points)
c)       1-3 – It’s pretty obvious (1 point)


Question 5:
Where do you store your passwords?

a)      In secure online vault (5 points)
b)      Only in my head (3 points)
c)       On a piece of paper at home (1 points)


Question 6:
Could your best friend crack your passwords?

a)      No way they’d never guess it (5 points)
b)      Maybe a couple of my passwords – I do try and keep them varied (3 points)
c)       Yes. They know me very well (1 point)


Question 7:
Circle any of the below password types that you have ever used:
(Start with 5 points; take one point away for each word you circle)

  • 123456
  • qwerty
  • password
  • Your pet’s name
  • Your own name
  • Your parents’ name
  • Your birthday


Question 8:
Do you use the same password for multiple accounts?

a)      No, they are all different (5 points)
b)      Yes, 1-2 maybe (3 points)
c)       Yes, all of them (1 point)


Question 9:
Do you make certain to log out of your secure pages / devices every time you finishing using them?

a)      Yes, always (5 points)
b)      Only if I remember (3 points)
c)       No, what is the point? (1 point)


Question 10:
Do you use software to protect your identity?

a)       Yes, I use a secure online vault that protects me from visiting unsafe sites and theft of passwords and other online credentials (5 points)
b)       I have identity protection software on some of my devices but not all (3 points)
c)        No, I think I can tell which sites are safe and which are not (1 point)



Score: 40 – 50

Congratulations! You are password protected. Your password force field would be so hard to break down; your own mother couldn’t crack your security codes! Norton has the perfect product for you and best of all it is free. Norton Identity Safe on PC or Android: one secure password to secure all your user names and passwords and warn you of dangerous and malicious sites. See more information here.

Score: 21 – 39

You know the importance of using strong passwords and you do your best to keep them as secure as possible. Unfortunately you are still vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Read more about the importance of staying cyber safe here.

Score: 1 – 20

Danger! Danger! You are at high risk of having your passwords hacked and your personal information at the mercy of cybercriminals. In just one year, 10% of Australians had their online accounts hacked or identity stolen. Don’t become a statistic. Start changing the way you password protect NOW! Read this blog post, and then get cracking!


Norton can now help you create a strong and secure encrypted password. Click here to access their secure password generator.

Protect Your Devices with Norton 360 Everywhere and WIN a Copy of Norton 360 v6.0 (Giveaway)

Protecting PCs (and Macs) for almost 3 decades, Norton AntiVirus is one of the oldest and most trusted antivirus back the 90s. I remember having my first copy of Norton AntiVirus for my Mac and I must admit it wasn’t cheap. Then again, nothing hi-tech is cheap back in the 90s. However, Norton AntiVirus had done more than a good job for the price I paid. It kept my Mac free from most viruses known to PCs (and Macs) then.

Today, Norton is still a leading PC antivirus brand in the world. Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) recently announced two premium security suites: Norton 360 Everywhere, which protects multiple platforms in one solution, and an update to the award-winning Norton 360. Norton 360 Everywhere provides security across PCs, Macs, Android-based phones and tablets. Norton 360 version 6.0 is already available now and has just earned top rankings for both protection and performance.

Many families today have some combination of PCs, Macs, smart phones and tablets – all of which need security of their own to protect against online threats, data loss, and device loss and theft. A recent study found that some households have as many as 14 to 20 consumer digital devices. Norton 360 Everywhere will deliver a multiplatform solution where consumers can customize their security to meet their specific needs.

With the introduction of Norton 360 Everywhere, Norton has expanded the powerful protection consumers know and trust to their digital devices, enabling consumers to protect their valuable data and personal information on many more devices.

Norton 360 version 6.0

Norton 360 version 6.0 offers industry leading PC protection and top ranked performance. In recent third party tests, Norton 360 ranked first in overall real-world protection and remediation from AV-TEST Institute2 and received top performance scores from PassMark Software.

Norton 360 version 6.0 highlights:

  • Norton Identity Safe – Secures, remembers, and automatically enters user names and passwords while protecting users from online threats.
  • Norton Management – Delivers advanced cloud-based functionality to manage select Norton products remotely for greater ease and control.
  • Bandwidth Management – Limits non-critical Norton updates when connected to metered networks to avoid using up monthly data allotments or causing overage fees.
  • Improved Backup – Faster and easier back up capabilities and tracking.

Pricing and Availability

Norton 360 version 6.0 can be installed on up to three PCs and is available for purchase in Malaysia through various retailers and the Norton online store at The suggested retail price is RM 229 for the standard edition including 2GB of online storage space. The price includes a three PC license, a one-year subscription, Symantec’s protection updates and one full year of Norton’s best-in-class customer support. All Norton 360 users with a valid product subscription are eligible to download and use the latest product versions and updates, released during their subscription period. For more information, visit the Norton Update center at

Norton 360 Everywhere will be available in Malaysia in the first half of 2012. Details on pricing and systems requirements will be available at that time.

How To WIN a copy of Norton 360 version 6.0?

Thanks to the great people from Symantec, I will be giving away TWO (2) copies of Norton 360 version 6.0 to TWO (2) lucky winners on my blog starting today.

All you have to do to win yourself a copy of Norton 360 version 6.0 is to:

  1. Describe to us in your most creative manner in the comment section below, “I trust Norton 360 because…” 
  2. Be sure to include your email address on the form (not the comment box) too or else we can’t contact you.

This product giveaway is open to all my blog readers. You can submit as many creative entries as you want, however each winner can only win one copy based on one entry. So hurry up, submit your entries today.

Closing date for this giveaway is on 22 July2012 before 12 mignight. Winners will be notify via their emails.


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