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Net-Neutrality
The recent net-neutrality deregulation restores Internet consumer protection back to the FTC. In 2015 the FCC wrested Internet consumer protection from the FTC. If the Internet worked OK for you in 2015, it will likely be OK for you in 2018. Note that the Justice Department shares antitrust authority with the FTC. The upcoming rollouts of LTE version 5 wireless moves the Internet toward an increasingly competitive environment. The heart of the Net-Neutrality debate centers around weak competition in various regions. It may take years to find out whether this deregulation was a success or failure.

You Are Now in Bedford Falls - Jimmy Stewart and It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life will be shown at noon on December 23rd at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend.

SANS OUCH! for December: Lock Down Your Login
Overview
The process of authentication, or proving who you are, is key to protecting your information, such as your email, social media, or online banking accounts. You may not realize it, but there are three different ways to prove who you are: what you know, such as a password, what you have, such as your driver’s license, and some part of you, such as your fingerprint. Each one of these methods has advantages and disadvantages. The most common authentication method is passwords, which are something you know. Unfortunately, using passwords just by themselves is proving to be more and more insecure. In this newsletter, we teach you how to protect yourself and lock down your login with something far better than just passwords. It’s called two-factor authentication.

Passwords Are No Longer Enough
Passwords prove who you are based on something you know. But if someone can guess or gain access to your password, they can then pretend to be you and access all of your information. Compromised passwords have become one of the leading causes for hacked accounts. This is why you are taught to use passphrases that are hard for others to guess, a different one for every account, and to never share your passwords with others. While this advice remains valid, passwords are no longer as effective. Luckily, there’s a simple and quick way to put you in control and keep your personal information safe. It’s called two-factor authentication.