Global Alert and Response (GAR) by the World Health Organization (WHO)

Ebola infographic: What you need to know – August 2014

Travel to and from Ebola-affected countries is low risk
Here is what you need to know

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Tips to create a safe password (and II)

contraseña seguraA password can encompass all of the criteria indicated in our previous publication and still be unsafe. For instance, “Hello2U!” meets all of the criteria mentioned for a safe password, but is unsafe because it has a full word. “H3ll0 2 U!” is a safer alternative because it replaces some letters in the full word with numbers and includes spaces.

You can apply the following recommendations to build a safe password:

Create an acronym with information that will be easy to remember. For example, choose a phrase that has a meaning to you, such as “My son was born on December 2004”. Using that phrase as guide, you can use “MswboDec/12,4” as a password.

Use numbers, symbols and orthography errors to replace letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For instance, “My son was born on December 2004” could become “M’sn wb@rn 12124” (you can use spaces in a password).

Relate your password to a hobby or favorite sport. For example, “I love badminton” can become “I’lvB@dm1nt()n”.

If you think you need to write the password down in order to remember it, remember not to write that it is your password, and keep it in a safe place.

Source: Microsoft

Tips to create a safe password (I)

contraseña seguraPasswords are our first line of defense against unauthorized access to our devices. The safer a password, the more protected your device will be against hackers and malware. You should always keep safe passwords for all of your accounts. If you use a corporate network, the administrator might ask you to use a safe password.

What makes a password safe (or unsafe)?

A safe password:

  1. Has at least eight characters.
  2. Does not contain the username, real name or company name.
  3. Does not contain a full word.
  4. Is significantly different from previous passwords.

Is formed by characters of each one of the following categories:

Character category

Examples

Capital Letters A, B, C
Lowercase Letters a, b, c
Numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Keyboard symbols (all characters in a keyboard that are not defined as letters or numbers) and spaces ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] \ | : ; ” ‘ < > , . ? /

Source: Microsoft

5 habits that “seem” harmless

evita-sedentarismoAccording to a study carried out by Duke University in the US, over 40% of the actions we take every day are habits. Researchers state that in order to change these habits we need at least three weeks, 21 days; this is the time needed for neurological patterns to get modified.

If you analyze your behavior during a day, you’ll realize you do things automatically, things that could be detrimental to your body, such as:

  • Excessive use of computers. Sitting in front of a computer too long doesn’t only cause a sedentary lifestyle posing a risk of obesity, but also affects physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Listening to loud music. According to US National Health Institutes, repeated exposure to loud noises can cause hearing loss.
  • Drinking diet soda. The artificial sweeteners contained in these drinks fool the brain into increasing food intake.
  • Drinking juices. A study has revealed that drinking a glass of juice increases caloric intake due to the amount of sugar they contain. It also reduces fiber and vitamin intake.
  • Not sleeping well. Sleep deprivation is linked to changes in cognitive activity, increases depression and affects the immune system. It is also a risk factor for obesity, stroke and diabetes.

You should analyze your habits and find a healthy way to replace them. This will not only improve your quality of life, but your body will be in optimal conditions.

Source: Banca & Negocios

58% of Latin American users store passwords in their smartphones

touch_id_smartphoneThe use people give to mobile devices has evolved over time: people access their emails, check social media and make transactions using home banking. Actually, 58% of users store passwords for these services in their smartphones, according to a survey carried out by ESET Latin America.

This situation threatens users’ safety because, if they misplace the device, a third party could easily access the sites involving confidential information. As to the services for which people most store passwords in their smartphones, social networks and email are top of the list.

Although home banking (16.3%) and paid service site (22%) passwords are not the most stored, 63.1% of respondents have lost or had their smartphones or tablets stolen, increasing the risk of someone else accessing sensitive information.

The survey also indicated that 68.8% use their personal devices in the office and 40.4% store corporate information in them. This means this kind of confidential information is also vulnerable to the same threats.

ESET Latin America’s Research Team recommends following these tips to increase security in these devices:

  • Passwords should not be stored in apps not specifically designed to manage passwords.
  • Passwords are automatically stored in the device; it is recommended to use a (screen) locking pin.
  • Setup a PIN code to block your SIM card.
  • Keep all apps and firmware updated.

Source: Alta Densidad

42 accidents involving cargo vehicles reported in Miranda so far in 2014

accidente de cargaDuring the first semester of the year there have been 42 road accidents involving heavy cargo vehicles in the main road arteries of the Miranda state, according to reports provided by the State Center for Disaster Prevention and Attention (CESPRAD), attached to Miranda Civil Protection.

According to the balance, 20 of these incidents occurred at the Regional del Centro Freeway (ARC), 9 in Troncal 9 (eastbound), 7 at the Panamericana road, 5 in Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Freeway and 1 in the Francisco Fajardo Freeway.

According to CESPRAD authorities, most accidents were due to speeding, so they urge drivers to be prudent, to respect speed limits and traffic laws, use seat belts and not drive under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

Source: Globovisión

Recommended for people traveling to the US

3591_Viajeros-corporativos-en-el-aeropuerto-628x390If you plan on taking a trip to the United States, before the airport security check, make sure your telephones, laptop and other electronic devices’ batteries are charged, or they could confiscate your devices.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a statement indicating that devices that do not start during inspection will be confiscated, and their carriers will be subjected to additional inspection.

The measures were announced after US authorities expressed their concern over the work of terrorist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in Yemen and Syria to develop explosive devices capable of clearing airport detection systems.

The devices under TSA’s eye are mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers that could be used to hide or detonate explosives.

The agency’s statement did not specify which airports would be applying the requirement to turn electronic devices on. Currently there are flights arriving to the US nonstop from nearly two hundred fifty airports worldwide.

Source: Banca & Negocios