Surprisingly, all things told, a recent dump of more than 10 million passwords and usernames may not actually be that big of a security risk. In fact, it could boost password security on the whole.
Here’s a reminder users probably need: Security doesn’t stop at preventing phishing attacks or keeping passwords closely guarded. Hackers will try a variety of offline tactics to gain access to online systems, too.
Just about every day there’s a news story that the age of passwords is almost over. Something – anything – more secure and easier to use is about to replace them once and for all. We won’t hold our breath.
Warning: The following article (unlike many talking heads) doesn’t purport to know who or what was behind the attack on Sony Pictures. But some are starting to wonder whether the hack was actually state-sponsored or just the handiwork of disgruntled former employees.
Before we look ahead to next year’s challenges and promising developments, let’s take a look back at 2014’s biggest headlines.
A new survey highlights several problems with passwords: They’re forgettable, inefficient and users would rather listen to “The Macarena” than put up with them. (No, seriously. They would.)
One of the most basic security mistakes out there is sharing account credentials and passwords. A new study finds many users are guilty of it – and plenty don’t even realize it’s a security risk.
We all know the problems with passwords: Good ones are difficult to remember and shouldn’t be repeated. But one of the best solutions around this problem often results in more problems, according to a recent report.
A recent survey shows that when it comes to password policies and revoking credentials, many companies are getting a failing grade – and some of the worst offenders out there are in the IT department.
The lines between old-fashioned hacking attacks and the kinds of high-tech, complicated code-cracking you might see in a “Mission Impossible” movie are starting to blur. And it’s a good reminder of why users should be practicing some basic rules on protecting smartphones.