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Happy Holidays, and Stay Secure, My Friends

It’s official: We’re now less than 48 hours away from one of the biggest holidays of the year, a time where online merchants are at their peak sales, and where security, sometimes, becomes less of a concern to everyone. I’m writing this post today to remind everyone that during this cheerful season of giving, to stay secure when online.

First off, secure your email accounts. You may think that having a secure password is the key to security, but it is only a piece. The security of your email account is the root of your other online accounts, at least for any website that has a “reset my password via e-mail” system. If someone can access your e-mail, they can reset your password and get a new one for their own use. Please, guard your email accounts carefully, choose secure passwords for them, and be vigilant of suspicious activity in them.

Second, secure the place where you keep your passwords. For some of us, it’s a piece of paper, for others, an excel spreadsheet, or worse, you just try to remember. For the smartest and wisest, a dedicated password-keeping software application is used, in favor of any other systems. These applications are simple to use, have excellent security, and make passwords easier to keep track of. Whatever it is, think of it no different than your wallet of cash and credit cards; if someone steals it, they can steal everything else.

Third, secure your passwords. Vary them. Keep them completely random. If you have a good password keeper in place (see point above), you’ll have no problem making up (or generating) excellent passwords for every resource you access. With that kind of practice in place, a compromise of a single resource doesn’t mean you have to go on a massive password resetting quest.

Fourth, secure your DNS. Pharming and phishing attacks compromise hundreds of thousands of passwords every year. For users, DNS security services, such as DynDNS.com Internet Guide, secure your online experience against DNS cache poisoning, pharming, phishing, and other online attacks. For businesses and enterprises, Managed DNS services such as the DynECT Platform secure your DNS settings from unauthorized changes. Our web-based DNS management portal provides you with the control you need to ensure that your customers get routed to the right servers at the right time.

Lastly, keep in mind that the team at Dyn is here to help. As the world’s leading DNS experts, we deal with these issue every day, and are on hand to make sure you get to enjoy your holidays. So, if the need arises, and you need help, don’t hesitate to call on us during this holiday season, and we’ll be there.


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Whois: Tom Daly

Tom Daly is a co-founder of Dyn, a pioneer in managed DNS and a leader in cloud-based infrastructure that connects users with digital content and experiences across a global internet.