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Googling Up Passwords

Google is in many ways the most useful tool available to the bad guys, and the most dangerous Web site on the Internet for many, many thousands of individuals and organizations. In my last column, I provided a checklist for Windows users that would help them secure their computers. I created that checklist because it has become increasingly and painfully obvious to me that most home users — and most small businesses and organizations — have substandard security practices in place, if they have any at all. The checklist was designed to help secure things on the perimeters: on client computers and at the edges of home and business networks. This week, I want to talk about servers. Specifically, let’s talk about the stuff that people are serving without realizing it. Security pros have known about this problem for years, but most computers users still have no idea that they may be revealing far more to the world than they would want. In fact, it wouldn’t be far from the truth to say that Google is in many ways the most useful tool available to the bad guys, and the most dangerous Web site on the Internet for many, many thousands of individuals and organizations. Full Story

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