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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Your parents pick better passwords than you do

By on June 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

Your parents pick better passwords than you do

Password Security Study

Computer users over the age of 55 employ passwords that are twice as secure as passwords used by those under 25 years old. A recent study conducted by Joseph Bonneau, a computer scientist at the University of Cambridge, analyzed almost 70 million passwords belonging to Yahoo users around the world. Ensuring that data was kept anonymous and passwords could not be tied to individual accounts, Bonneau looked at password strength alongside other data such as age and locale. Beyond the relationship between age and security, the researcher found that German and Korea speakers generally use the strongest passwords, and the presence of credit card data on a user’s account seemingly does not prompt that user to avoid weak passwords such as “123456.” Bonneau’s study was the largest of its kind, and he unveiled his findings at the Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Francisco, California earlier this month. More →

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Apple becomes latest ‘Anonymous’ hacker target

By on July 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM.

Apple becomes latest ‘Anonymous’ hacker target

Notorious hacker collective “Anonymous Operations” on Sunday published data it claims to have obtained by breaching a server belonging to Apple. The data, which consisted of 27 usernames and passwords, was allegedly taken during from surveys stored on an Apple server. Though the group said on one of its Twitter accounts that it is “busy elsewhere,” and therefore will seemingly not be targeting Apple again in the near future, it claims to have exploited a security flaw common to several companies when it gained access to Apple’s server. Anonymous said the breach was part of its AntiSec movement, short for anti-security, which is aimed at “exposing corporate and government data and humiliating security firms.” More →

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AntiSec hacks Universal and Viacom; leaks user data, passwords

By on June 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM.

AntiSec hacks Universal and Viacom; leaks user data, passwords

A hacking group named LulzSec made headlines recently for attacking high visibility targets, including Sony and the U.S. government. LulzSec announced earlier this week that it was stopping its operations, and rumor has it many of the members joined up with Anonymous’ “AntiSec” hacking group. Now that group is making its own headlines. On Tuesday AntiSec claimed responsibility for attacks against Universal and Viacom. According to The Wall Street Journal, the hackers released personal data, including passwords, from the Universal Music Website. It also obtained and leaked information about Viacom’s network. It’s unclear how many users were affected by the security breach, although we hope to hear an official word from both firms in the near future. More →

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Sly developer reveals most common iPhone passcodes

By on June 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM.

Sly developer reveals most common iPhone passcodes

Daniel Amitay, the iPhone developer who created “Big Brother Camera Security” application, has released a list of the top 10 iPhone passcodes. Amity implemented code into his last software update that allowed the application to record passwords entered in by its users. Since his app’s lock and passcode screens look identical to the iPhone’s, he argues that his data reflects an iPhone user’s actual password. Of the 204,508 recorded passcodes collected, the most popular was, not surprisingly, 1234. That’s followed by 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, and 1998. Amity says those codes represent 15% of all passwords in use. As you might expect, many of them follow simple patterns on the keyboard. “iloveyou” has always been a popular password and 5683, the No. 6 passcode on the list, can be translated into ‘LOVE’ on a standard alphanumeric keypad. Amitay also found that the numbers 1990-2000 were all in the top 50 passcodes, and 1980 – 1989 were all in the top 100, suggesting that many users may be entering in the year of their birth or graduation. Hit the jump for another chart. More →

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