Over the past several years, we’ve done our best to remind everyone to install a password manager, keep their devices updated and start taking online security more seriously. Unfortunately, the companies that build the ubiquitous programs and services that we use every day aren’t quite as concerned with keeping our information safe and secure. More →
You know what we humans are really bad at? Coming up with strong, unique passwords. We know this because every time some research firm publishes a list of the most widely used passwords, “password” and “123456” are at or near the top of the list. GHacks.net has put together a list of critical mistakes that people make when they’re coming up with passwords and, taken as a whole, they show how hard it is to make multiple secure passwords that you can actually remember. More →
Online security has been one of the hottest topics on the planet for the past several years. Between Edward Snowden, the Sony hack, the Target hack and Hillary Clinton’s private email server, you would think that Americans would be on top of their own personal security when it comes to online accounts that contain sensitive information.
Unfortunately, you’d be mistaken.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Many companies are trying to kill the password in an attempt to improve the security of online services, and Yahoo is ready to give it a try. The company on Thursday announced new Yahoo Mail apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, featuring a bunch of new features including Yahoo Account Key, a more secure way of logging into the mail app. And, you’ve guessed it, Yahoo Account Key doesn’t need a password. More →
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.
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 →
Passwords, PINs and fingerprints are currently used to unlock or sign into various devices and services, but these security layers might one day be replaced by a far more advanced tool: your brain. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →