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Why you don’t need 27 different passwords

Posted on: 2017-05-04

Passwords. The bane of modern existence. To celebrate this nuisance, the holiday gods have given us World Password Day, where thousands of people come together online and pledge to improve their password habits. How many of those pledges do you think stick? According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, not many. A little over 50 percent of all breaches in the last year leveraged either stolen or weak passwords. Coincidentally, today is also Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be with You). And while we all wouldn’t mind having a lovable droid guard our passwords as loyally as…

Why you don’t need 27 different passwords

Posted on: 2017-05-04

Passwords. The bane of modern existence. To celebrate this nuisance, the holiday gods have given us World Password Day, where thousands of people come together online and pledge to improve their password habits. How many of those pledges do you think stick? According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, not many. A little over 50 percent of all breaches in the last year leveraged either stolen or weak passwords. Coincidentally, today is also Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be with You). And while we all wouldn’t mind having a lovable droid guard our passwords as loyally as…

On World Password Day, here are 4 tips to keep your online accounts secure (TechRepublic)

Posted on: 2017-05-04

Image: iStockphoto/FotoCuisinette Happy World Password Day! If you weren't in the know, the first Thursday in May of each year has been officially declared World Password Day—a day to promote good security hygiene and password habits. In 2017, that day has fallen on May 4. SEE: Password Management Policy Template (Tech Pro Research) Companies like Dell, AOL, Microsoft Azure, Intel Security, Lenovo, and more are championing the effort, which offers a simple four-step approach to better passwords: 1. Create strong passwords Strong passwords, according to the World Password Day website, have at least eight characters, with a mix of uppercase…

On World Password Day, here are 4 tips to keep your online accounts secure

Posted on: 2017-05-04

Image: iStockphoto/FotoCuisinette Happy World Password Day! If you weren't in the know, the first Thursday in May of each year has been officially declared World Password Day—a day to promote good security hygiene and password habits. In 2017, that day has fallen on May 4. SEE: Password Management Policy Template (Tech Pro Research) Companies like Dell, AOL, Microsoft Azure, Intel Security, Lenovo, and more are championing the effort, which offers a simple four-step approach to better passwords: 1. Create strong passwords Strong passwords, according to the World Password Day website, have at least eight characters, with a mix of uppercase…

On World Password Day, here are 4 tips to keep your online accounts secure

Posted on: 2017-05-04

Image: iStockphoto/FotoCuisinette Happy World Password Day! If you weren't in the know, the first Thursday in May of each year has been officially declared World Password Day—a day to promote good security hygiene and password habits. In 2017, that day has fallen on May 4. SEE: Password Management Policy Template (Tech Pro Research) Companies like Dell, AOL, Microsoft Azure, Intel Security, Lenovo, and more are championing the effort, which offers a simple four-step approach to better passwords: 1. Create strong passwords Strong passwords, according to the World Password Day website, have at least eight characters, with a mix of uppercase…

More LastPass flaws: researcher pokes holes in 2FA

Posted on: 2017-04-26

LastPass has been in the news again for another chink in its armour - though it has now been fixed, you'll be glad to hear Source: Security Bloggers Network @ April 26, 2017 at 06:25AM

More LastPass flaws: researcher pokes holes in 2FA

Posted on: 2017-04-26

Recently we’ve been writing about LastPass more than seems healthy. March saw two rounds of serious flaws made public by Google’s Tavis Ormandy (quickly fixed), which seemed like a lot for a single week. Days ago, news emerged of a new issue (also fixed) in the company’s two-factor/two-step authentication (2FA) security. To coin a phrase, all serious flaws are serious – but some are more serious than others. This one matters for two reasons, only one of which will sound flippant: it wasn’t discovered by Tavis Ormandy, who at times has seemed to be writing a novella on flaw-hunting with…

More LastPass flaws: researcher pokes holes in 2FA

Posted on: 2017-04-26

Recently we’ve been writing about LastPass more than seems healthy. March saw two rounds of serious flaws made public by Google’s Tavis Ormandy (quickly fixed), which seemed like a lot for a single week. Days ago, news emerged of a new issue (also fixed) in the company’s two-factor/two-step authentication (2FA) security. To coin a phrase, all serious flaws are serious – but some are more serious than others. This one matters for two reasons, only one of which will sound flippant: it wasn’t discovered by Tavis Ormandy, who at times has seemed to be writing a novella on flaw-hunting with…

9 Popular Password Manager Apps Found Leaking Your Secrets

Posted on: 2017-03-01

Is anything safe? It's 2017, and the likely answer is NO. Making sure your passwords are secure is one of the first line of defense – for your computer, email, and information – against hacking attempts, and Password Managers are the one recommended by many security experts to keep all your passwords secure in one place. Password Managers are software that creates complex passwords, stores them and organizes all your passwords for your computers, websites, applications and networks, as well as remember them on your behalf. But what if your Password Managers itself are vulnerable? Well, it's not just an…

Security slip-ups in 1Password and other password managers ‘extremely worrying’ (The Register)

Posted on: 2017-03-01

Password management applications, recommended by many security experts as the only viable way to deal with large sets of passwords that are unique and sufficiently complex, introduce their own set of problems – namely the general fallibility of software. A group of security researchers called TeamSIK from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday published its security assessment of nine popular password management applications on Android devices and found them all wanting. "The overall results were extremely worrying and revealed that password manager applications, despite their claims, do not provide enough protection mechanisms for…