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The password is one of those things that we all use for our work and personal lives. The idea behind a password is simple: to prevent people from gaining access to our personal and confidential information unless they are authorized. In execution, people pick stupid passwords that are easy to hack, so Microsoft wants to end all the password nonsense that we all go through. Microsoft signaled the end was neigh for passwords when it announced that its Windows 10 S operating system would ditch passwords by default if you go through the recommended setup process. Passwords are a big problem with an estimated 80% of security breaches caused by ineffective and insecure passwords according to a... Read more...
Do you need a password manager to keep track of all your obscure, special character-filled and lengthy passwords necessary for various websites? It used to be that we would pick a simple, single password for multiple accounts and websites, until the rise of online exploits and hackers made such basic security practices seem ill-conceived. However, the recommendations of one man in particular, Bill Burr, led to the current situation that we’re in now where everything from our online banking accounts to our work email accounts require us to use a “strong” password. These are nearly impossible to remember without writing it down somewhere or filing it off into a app like LastPass (and even that... Read more...
Apple bills iOS 10 as being “More personal. More powerful. More playful.” It’s hard to argue with that train of thought, given the features that Apple has infused into the mobile operating system including a totally revamped iMessage app, rich notifications, third-party app integration with Siri, more useful 3D Touch actions, and other various tweaks and additions. However, at least one area in iOS 10 has seen a bit of a regression compared to previous versions, and it could leave your iPhone and iPad data less secure than before. We know that some of the world’s best hackers come from Russia, so we’re taking this latest report from Russian firm ElcomSoft very seriously. Researchers for the company... Read more...
In the world of pornography, Brazzers is about as de facto a name as it gets. Even if you don't indulge in what the adult entertainment offers, Brazzers is a recognizable name thanks to the fact that it's become its own meme. But it's hard to tell, just how big is Brazzers? Well, as we now learn, it's big enough to have attracted a staggering 800,000 people to its Web forum. We probably don't need to tell you that traditional forums are less popular than ever, so to have that kind of count in 2016 is quite something. Sadly, we find this out because of yet another breach, with all 800,000 accounts having been leaked. The information included involves email addresses, usernames, and most baffling,... Read more...
It's pretty common knowledge that using strong passwords is important, but we'd can understand it if you sometimes take shortcuts for the sake of convenience. A great example for many of us would be with our PCs. Given the fact that we login to them all of the time, it can get old typing in (or even trying to remember) your secure password. That's where decisions need to be made: do you use a strong password, or a weaker one to make life easier? Hold that thought, because Microsoft has just come in with a third option: use a strong password and make life easier. With its just-released "Phone Sign-in Beta" for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft gives users the ability to log into their Windows 10 devices... Read more...
The parade of banks, insurance companies and retailers that have suffered data breaches has caused many people to store their passwords with sites like LastPass. The security company creates a unique password for each of the user’s logins and provides access to those passwords via a single, master password.Now, LastPass is admitting that at least some of its data has been comprised. The company believes that its customers are not vulnerable, but it concedes that email addresses and authentication hashes are among the data affected. Password reminders and server per user salts were also comprised. “In our investigation, we have found no evidence that encrypted uer vault data was taken, nor that... Read more...
At this point, the resetting of a mobile phone to a from-the-factory state is something we have all done, perhaps simply to get a fresh start with a device that has become sluggish and over-burdened with years of downloaded flotsam. But more likely, we do it for the purpose of selling the phone or passing it along to a friend or family member. We rely on such a reset to completely wipe the phone of any trace of our having used it, all settings and sensitive data. The results of a study performed in the UK by University of Cambridge researchers entitled Security Analysis of Android Factory Resets, however, now show that emails, text messages, Google access tokens and other... Read more...
The chip business has been good to Intel, but it's not the only product in the Santa Clara semiconductor firm’s portfolio. Among other things, Intel is also entrenched in the security market. The company spent billions of dollars acquiring McAfee several years ago and this week scooped up PasswordBox, a relative newcomer to the security scene that makes a self-titled password manager somewhat similar to LastPass. PasswordBox launched to the public only 18 months ago and during that time has grown from a skeleton crew of just eight full-time employees to a modest workforce of 44 individuals today. Beyond putting out a password manager that's seen 14 million downloads to date, PasswordBox has developed... Read more...
Here's something you're probably aware of: privacy is a major issue, and it's becoming bigger by the day. Just this week, Kickstarter's servers were infiltrated, just months after Target suffered one of the world's most serious data exploits. Companies are flowing out of the blue with a myriad methods to solve all of this and to keep your data buttoned up. SlickLogin was one of those companies, and going forward, it'll be housed under the Google umbrella. The premise of SlickLogin is actually pretty slick, as the title implies: users looking to login to a site on their PC would have their PC emit a sound that only one's phone could hear. That phone could act as the authentication method. The... Read more...
If you’ve been avoiding signing up for Google’s two-token authentication system because you thought the inconvenience outweighed the extra security for your Google account, you’re probably feeling pretty smug about now. An update today for the Google Authenticator iPhone app wiped out user data for two-token authentication, prompting some angst on Twitter. Google quickly pulled the app from the iTunes so it can fix the issue without it affecting additional users.  Because the app can be used to provide security for other online services, some users who installed the update found that they no longer had the data necessary to log them into services such as Dropbox and Evernote.... Read more...
Security is a hot topic these days, and with breaches happening left and right, we certainly get it. For consumers, things can usually boil down to implementing two-factor authentication. But what about enterprises? Zoho has just launched Zoho Vault, an online password manager for businesses far and wide. Zoho Vault establishes a central repository that offers unmatched security and complete data privacy for companies that want to store, organize, manage and safely share their passwords, online credentials, financial records and other sensitive information. The Zoho Vault iPhone app lets users access passwords anywhere, any time. "Organizations are drowning in a sea of passwords - both personal... Read more...
Imagine a world without passwords. Scary, right? There's no doubt that passwords are an integral part of computing, because they allow us the easiest form of security when accessing our online accounts. But, as has been evidenced time and time again, passwords are far from bulletproof, especially if you generally don't care about them or get lazy about them. Anytime a password database gets leaked, check out how many of them are the same - as hard as it is to believe, some people still use "password" as a password. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might have complex passwords - as you should. But another problem arises: truly complex passwords are difficult to remember. I personally... Read more...
If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with technology, it's security flaws. Rarely, though, are such flaws actual features, such as one Apple just had to rush to patch up. Late last week, the company rolled-out two-step verification, where a pin code sent to your mobile phone could be used in conjunction with a regular password to amp-up the level of security on your account. This is a great move, and one that I'd like to see more companies adopt. However, with this new feature came a ridiculous oversight. If you knew someone who had an Apple account, and also happened to know their e-mail and date-of-birth, you had everything required to reset their account password. Yes, really. Those... Read more...
Another day, another security breach. This time it’s Evernote, the popular cloud-based “remember everything” service whose product offerings have increased substantially recently to include business-oriented tools. According to a post on Evernote’s website, the company spotted some suspicious activity: “Evernote's Operations & Security team has discovered and blocked suspicious activity on the Evernote network that appears to have been a coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote Service.” Because of the breach, the company recommends that all users reset their passwords. Evernote says it will make this process a bit easier by updating several... Read more...
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