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The biggest data breach ever; is your data included? – Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 67

Posted on January 28th, 2019 by

New Intego Mac Podcast Episode

The Intego Mac Podcast episode 67 is now available!

In this episode, Intego's experts discuss "Collection #1"—the biggest e-mail address and password leak to date—as well as the Australian government’s accidental war on global smartphone security… and a "teachable parasite" you can install on your Amazon Echo or Google Home. Join veteran Mac journalist Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) and Intego's Chief Security Analyst Josh Long (@theJoshMeister) as they dive into these stories and more! You can find the complete show notes and links to the stories we discussed here.

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Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He is co-host of the Intego Mac Podcast and PhotoActive, and a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS, and several other websites and publications. Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar, and Scrivener. Follow him on Twitter at @mcelhearn. View all posts by Kirk McElhearn →
  • Larry Rosenblum

    Would it be more secure if companies returned to using a user-chosen user name for login rather than an email address? Assuming we used a different user name for each login (as we should do for passwords), it would make it harder for someone to tie two logins together if more than one was stolen. Or is having strong unique passwords good enough?

    • the JoshMeister

      Great questions, Larry!

      Having a truly unique password (ideally, a long string of pseudorandomly generated characters) for each service should be sufficient.

      But if you want to create unique usernames for services that let you sign in using a username instead of an e-mail address, you can certainly do that as well. (Of course, you may not find this ideal for services like Twitter where your username is displayed publicly and is meant to represent who you are.)

      Be sure to also check out this article I wrote for The Mac Security Blog for additional tips: How to Avoid Getting Hacked After Data Breaches