In this article I use "Amazon" to refer to Amazon.com Business as opposed to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Most of the documentation available for using Google Workspace (formerly GSuite) as an single sign-on (SSO) identity provider (IdP) for Amazon pertains to AWS, not Amazon.com Business. We started looking at single-sign-on for Amazon in order to automatically create new purchasing accounts for employees. I have set up SSO for many cloud platforms using Google as the IdP and all have been straightforward until now.

Last weekend, Microsoft reversed its long-time recommendation that passwords should expire every few months. If your company has this policy, you know that people don’t really change their passwords. They use derivatives of the same password that are only different enough to fool Microsoft’s password history rules. ThisIsMyPassw0rd This1sMyPassw0rd1 Th1s1sMyPassw0rd3% Th1s1sMyP@ssw0rd72 The reversal speaks to a new school of thought regarding security. Instead of short and complicated passwords that are impossible for most people to remember, long passwords are preferred.

In my last post about email security, I talked about why you should have strong passwords, especially for your email accounts, but I didn’t address how. Here are some rules of thumb to help you secure your digital world. 1. Use a password manager There are a trove of password managers available. Most populare are 1Password, LastPass, and Dashlane. 1Password is my favorite. The company provides a robust product that integrates seemessly with every OS (including linux) and web browser.

We all have long and unique passwords for all of our internet accounts, right? Not according to the list of the most common passwords for 2018 with “123456” and “password” topping the list. Sure, some of those might be old accounts that aren’t important, or are they? Besides a password manager, your email password is the most important password that you have; more important than your bank and financial account passwords.

TL;DR Always use two factor authentication and add the phone numbers to your contacts. Two factor authentication (2FA), or 2 Step Verification, has become ubiqudious, and for good reason. It adds a critical layer of security in the place where we are most vulnerable: internet accounts. Dispite countless warnings and horor stories, people still use amazingly simple passwords, including “password”. By requiring something that we have (e.g. cell phone) in addition to something that we know (password), two factor autnentication reduces our reliance on a single mode of authentication.

TL;DR I hacked the Falcon sensor installer for MacOS to include the licensing information. What is falcond? A lot of searches for “what is falcond” are landing on this page. falcond is the MacOS sensor for CrowdStrike antivirus software. The d is for daemon, a process that runs in the background, and falcon is the name of the antivirus software. Update (December 2019) Since this post has gotten so much attention, I have created a script for it on GitHub.

In the past, I have avoided New Years resolutions becuase I perfered to have smaller goals throughout the year. Plus, there is plenty of evidence that creating resolutions around the holidays doesn’t work. Not only did I make a list of resolutions/goals last year, but I came up with a system to remember them and follow through. Start with a list I started by brainstorming a list of things that I could improve on.