Getting users to select secure passwords is difficult. Getting them to stop using these old ‘passwords’ would be better than nothing.
Not all accounts are created equal. Those that have special privileges and access are a prime target for hackers, and companies know it. But what can they do to protect these super users?
Passwords are an imperfect solution to security. But are they really on the way out? According to many businesses, they are. And it’s long overdue.
Companies’ employees do a lot that puts sensitive information at risk. One of the biggest problems: They choose weak passwords that offer little protection. And despite IT’s best efforts, organizations’ password policies haven’t done much to solve the problem.
Celebrities from Jack Black to Mark Zuckerberg recently had their Twitter accounts hijacked. And while the fallout so far seems to be mostly childish pranks, the security lessons from this incident can’t be overstated.
It’s probably been several years since you’ve thought about MySpace, if you ever really have. But now the almost-defunct social network is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Companies that have default passwords for equipment and software are being called out by researchers. And the list of offenders has some big names on it.
Password managers may be one good way to satisfy the hard-to-guess but still easy-enough-to-remember password conundrum users face. But a hacker’s new tool is a reminder that when you’ve been breached, no password manager or other security measure will be enough to protect you fully.
Yet another lesson from the Ashley Madison hack: If you’re counting on encryption of sensitive data to save the day, you may wind up regretting that decision.
Users get a lot of heat for poor password management, and it’s mostly justified. But a new survey from Centrify finds that IT can be just as guilty of sharing credentials, if not more so.