Items tagged with Password

By any measure, end users are still using passwords that are far too simple. The Gawker Media hack from 2010, in fact, showed "123456" was the most common password in Gawker's database. Well, Microsoft's decided that if folks aren't going to pick strong passwords, at the very least Microsoft can keep them from picking the most egregious, easy... Read more...
Is the Wi-Fi connection that you're on now open, password-free? If it's also a Wi-Fi network within your home, you should probably change that. A recent survey found that 32% of respondents are guilty of mooching off of nearby open Wi-Fi hotspots, up a significant amount from 18% in a 2008 poll. Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director at the... Read more...
Listen up ladies and gents, if you aren't in the habit of changing up your passwords every once in awhile, consider doing so. Not only is it good practice in general, but as it turns out, your browser does a pretty piss-poor job of covering your tracks. Enter Russian software maker ElcomSoft, which just announced a... Read more...
There's one thing Apple is right about with respect to jailbroken iPhones: they are less secure. At least, unless you take some precautions, that is. A Dutch hacker took advantage of that situation, but all he really wanted was some pocket change.On the other hand, we doubt jailbreaking will end life as we know it, as Apple believes.According... Read more...
The next time you are taking money out at the ATM, be wary of anyone lurking nearby with an antenna sticking out of their pants. They might be stealing your PIN wirelessly. A pair of Ph.D. students at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Switzerland's Ecole publique Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), recently demonstrated... Read more...
OpenID is an service which allows users to log on to many different web sites using a single username / password. This eliminates the need to create and remember a strong username / password for each site. The assumption, of course, is you create a strong OpenID.Of course, if that information is lost or stolen, you're in big trouble. ... Read more...
If you thought your own passwords were secure, then you haven’t seen anything yet.   There is an interesting bug in Windows 2000 SP1 and Advanced Server that occasionally produces (and enforces!) the following error:“Your password must be at least 18770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30689 passwords.  Please type a different... Read more...
You break into the blog of a security team -  worthy of crowing to your friends.  But they break your password back - using Google.You shouldn't, in theory, be able to extract the original text from an MD5 hash. That would take millions, or at least thousands, of computers running all the time.But Steven Murdoch began thinking. Who... Read more...
Bruce Schneier got his hands on a listing of MySpace user passwords that were the result of a phishing attack. He analyzed them for difficulty in cracking them. Guess what? Kids really are dumb. Just not as dumb as you, me, or the average corporate user when it comes to choosing a password: I'm impressed that less than 4 percent were dictionary... Read more...
A very serious security flaw in Firefox Password Manager has been discovered. It may also be a problem, though less severe, in Internet Explorer. Dubbed a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR, vulnerability by its discoverer, Robert Chapin, the flaw lets hackers... Read more...
Hey folks! Well, we certainly have some interesting news for you today, by way of AMD.  It seems they've just filed suit against Intel in the U.S. District Court (details and link below). We've also got some news regading an impressive 3DMark05 score of over 11k with only a single video card used in the system... Read more...
Good morning all!  Man, last night was a tense evening around the HH labs.  With the Yankees "blowing it" and the Red Sox making history, emotions were high.  Needless to say, Yankees fans are pretty cranky and Davo, our lone Sox fan, (correction Jeff, Tom is one too!) is laughing all the way home.  It was fun... Read more...
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