Worst Passwords 2016

These are the worst passwords in the world – do you use any of them?

By on January 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM.

These are the worst passwords in the world – do you use any of them?

Each year, security solutions provider SplashData releases a list of what it has determined to be the most commonly used passwords on the Internet. In other words, these passwords are the worst possible options you can choose to safeguard your accounts, because they’re all ridiculously common and are likely among the first options people with any know-how will try when attempting to gain access to your online accounts.

Are you looking to get hacked and you want to make it as easy as possible for anyone and everyone to gain access to your accounts? Feel free to choose any of the 25 options below as your new password. More →

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Fingerprints Vs. Passwords Mobile Security

Reasons to never rely on fingerprints over passwords

By on November 17, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Reasons to never rely on fingerprints over passwords

Touch ID and other fingerprint scanning technologies are wonderfully convenient additions to our smartphones that enable easy mobile payments and quick device unlocking. However, Elliot Williams at HackADay has written a thought-provoking essay explaining why you should never rely on Touch ID in lieu of using a password on your device, no matter how convenient it is. More →

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Diceware Secure Password System

11-year-old will write you cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

By on October 26, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

11-year-old will write you cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

Using weak passwords makes you a prime target for hackers, who have shown over the years that they can eat such subpar security measures for breakfast. Luckily, there are simple ways to ensure your online accounts are protected. These include using unique passwords for each service, creating long enough passwords that are easily rememberable, using password-managing services, and changing your passwords once in a while.

Interestingly, one 11-year-old girl can help with this by generating a long password for you that’s easily memorable and hard to crack. In fact, she even has an online site where she sells each password for $2 each. More →

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Google Security Questions

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

By on May 22, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

A new in-depth study from Google reveals that the security questions most individuals use as an additional layer of security are often less secure and easier to guess than user-chosen passwords. This is especially problematic given that security questions are often the only line of defense when a password is forgotten and needs to be resent or reset.

Interestingly enough, Google found that security questions tend to be weak because many individuals lie when answering them. Specifically, Google discovered that many people who provide fake answers to security questions do so to make them harder to guess. But as it turns out, “on aggregate this behavior had the opposite effect as people harden their answers in a predictable way.” Compounding the problem is that many users, as a result, also have a difficult time remembering their security question answers in the first place. This is especially true when the questions chosen are exceedingly specific.

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Adult FriendFinder Dating Profile Hack Leak

Do this now: Secure your adult dating profiles – a major site was just hacked

By on May 22, 2015 at 7:00 AM.

Do this now: Secure your adult dating profiles – a major site was just hacked

In case you happen to have one or multiple adult dating website profiles, you might consider securing them right away, as one of the world’s largest such websites has been hit by hackers. The attackers managed to steal highly sensitive personal data for four million users, leaking them online in spreadsheet format. More →

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Worst Passwords 2014

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

By on January 20, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

Malicious hackers spend much of their time developing sophisticated attacks and complex new ways to steal people’s credit card numbers, bank account information and other private data. It’s getting more and more difficult to protect ourselves from these hacks, especially when just about anyone can go online and hire a hacker these days.

But for many people, all of the hard work these hackers put into ruining our lives is a waste of time, because they make things remarkably easy for hackers by using the worst passwords on the planet. More →

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eBay Customer Account Personal Data

Don’t hurry off to buy stolen eBay customer data just yet

By on May 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Don’t hurry off to buy stolen eBay customer data just yet

eBay on Thursday acknowledged that some of its customers’ personal information may have been compromised following a breach, advising users to immediately change their passwords. The announcement has apparently been enough for some creative individuals with malicious intentions to advertise online “full eBay database dumps,” masquerading as the hackers that conducted the cyberattack. However, TechCrunch reports that eBay says those databases are fake, and the for sale lists do not contain “authentic eBay accounts,” which is very good news for eBay consumers whose personal data may have been exposed. More →

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Heartbleed Password Change Required

Heartbleed showed us how shockingly lazy people are with their passwords

By on May 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Heartbleed showed us how shockingly lazy people are with their passwords

Heartbleed, the massive security threat that has recently affected millions of websites, was patched by most large Internet companies and by many site owners, but regular Internet users failed to grasp the significance of the threat, a new Avast study revealed. Furthermore, less than half of those people who knew about Heartbleed failed to take any action once sites fixed the problem. More →

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How To Create Secure Password

How to craft the perfect password

By on February 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

How to craft the perfect password

It seems obvious, but passwords are our first line of defense against a growing army of nefarious hackers looking to steal our data, money or even identities. While many people know how serious the issue of cybersecurity is, many still use passwords that are remarkably bad. Compounding matters is the common practice of using the same password across multiple accounts, so a hacker who gains access to one account may be able to breach others. But protecting yourself is easy and there’s just no excuse for leaving your accounts vulnerable with bad passwords. More →

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Worst Internet Log In Passwords

‘Password’ is no longer the dumbest password of the year

By on January 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM.

‘Password’ is no longer the dumbest password of the year

New research conducted by SplashData revealed that “password” isn’t the dumbest password choice around anymore, as it has been replaced by “123456,” for the past year. However, “password” fell only one position compared with 2012, basically switching places with “123456.” The list of weak passwords includes various other obvious combinations such as “qwerty,” “iloveyou,” “1234,” “111111” and “000000.” Passwords such as “adobe123” or “photoshop” also made the top 20, revealing that many Internet users may choose passwords that are similar to the services they’re logging into. More →

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Password Security Strategies

This is why passwords need to die

By on January 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

This is why passwords need to die

Every other week it seems like we have to create new passwords that are increasingly complex and difficult to remember, with more requirements for capital letters, numbers and symbols aimed at preventing hackers from accessing our account information. Even worse, some sites even tell us to periodically change our passwords, which means that just as we’ve finally gotten comfortable with the passwords we have, we’re forced to memorize new ones. Wouter Smet, who is “employed as Growth Hacker at social media management software company Engagor,” has written a very thorough guide to help people create smart password strategies that also shows us just how ridiculous the standard password system has become. More →

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