Items tagged with Passwords

It’s not hard to see why Apple, Google, and Microsoft are pushing passwordless logins when cybercriminals are able to leverage malware and phishing attacks to steal passwords. However, bad actors don’t need to actually steal them when their victims use simple, easy-to-guess passwords. Unfortunately, those sorts of... Read more...
Admit it, you use the same password for multiple sites. Even if you don't, a lot of people do because it's just too darn difficult to juggle separate login credentials for a multitude of services and websites that you use or visit on a regular basis. Maybe you employ a password manager to keep track of everything, or... Read more...
Do you let your browser store logins for websites like Twitter, Facebook, or HotHardware? Well, you probably shouldn't. Not only does it let anyone who gets on your PC access your personal information, but it also opens you up to easy attacks from "info-stealer" malware. South Korean cyber-security firm Ahnlab just... Read more...
LastPass is telling its users that there is no evidence to suggest their passwords have been compromised, after previously sending out emails to some users stating their master passwords have been compromised. So what exactly is going on? According to LastPass, the email warnings were "likely triggered in... Read more...
This should go without saying, but "password" is a terrible password. The same goes for "12345" and "123456," among others. And no, adding more numbers in sequential order won't make your account more secure because as it turns out, "123456789" is the second most commonly used bad password, according to a new report. Researchers at NordVPN Read more...
Passwords have become part of our everyday life. It seems everything requires one and we are often left scratching our head trying to remember if it was “password123” or “123password”. Having a strong password, however, is the first line of defense for our digital lives. Google is sharing how it is making your... Read more...
Tired of juggling and trying to remember multiple passwords for different sites and services? Microsoft feels your pain, and more than that, it believes the time has come to leave traditional password input in the past. This is something Microsoft has talked at length about numerous times before, and putting action to... Read more...
We use passwords on a day-to-day basis, from checking the bank to logging onto Twitter, but they can be the weakest link in the chain of security around these use cases. If they are simple, they can be cracked; and if they are complex, they are more likely to be reused so if one is cracked or lost, all of them are... Read more...
When it comes to password management, users really have just a handful of options, and all of them have their caveats. If we choose to just use memorable passwords and recycle them between accounts, one account becoming compromised can lead to a group of them being in a bad state. On the other hand, relying on a cloud... Read more...
Trying to keep track of multiple passwords across all the sites you visit can be quite a hassle, especially if they are all unique as they should be. Formerly, LastPass was one of the leading options for password managers until it changed up the use of multiple devices and was also found to be tracking users. Now, many people are in the market Read more...
Passwords as a form of computer security have been around for more than half a century, dating all the way back to the early 1960s. Yet we still use them, but should we? Not according to Microsoft. Too many flaws make traditional passwords too risky in today's era, and as far as Microsoft is concerned, password-free... Read more...
Remembering a bunch of different passwords for multiple websites can be difficult, and that is especially true if you are using hard-to-guess ones that mix letters, numbers, symbols, and capitalization, as is good practice. Password managers offer to handle the remembering part for you, and a for a long time, LastPass... Read more...
Most devices that require some form of authentication leverage a username and password combination, a security measure that has been place since the dawn of time (well, maybe not quite that long, but still a long time). But there are problems with passwords. Weak ones are easy to crack, and tough ones are difficult to... Read more...
If “password” is one of your passwords, perhaps you should rethink some of your life choices. NordPass, the company also behind NordVPN, has compiled this year’s top 200 most commonly used passwords. Not only does the company list the passwords, but it shows how long it takes to crack each one. This is an interesting... Read more...
If you use LastPass to manage your passwords, be advised that a recent update fixed a security issue that could allow an attacker to steal your login credentials. The issue is resolved in LastPass 4.33.0. However, if you do not have LastPass configured to update automatically, it is advised that you manually patch it... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows 10 test build to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. The new build (18936) contains a few new noteworthy features, the most interesting of which is a passwordless login. Not every Windows Insider will see the setting, however, as Microsoft is limiting the roll out to a "small... Read more...
A widely used banking Trojan that has been wreaking havoc in the wild for over a decade has developed a new ability. Called Qakbot (or Qbot for short), the Trojan has been found to be using an updated persistence mechanism that can make it more difficult for users to detect and subsequently remove from infected... Read more...
There are few things more annoying in the modern world than having to change your password every few months. Experts have long argued that password reset rules do little to actually promote security. Microsoft is the latest company to propose dropping password expiration policies. Aaron Margosis the Principal... Read more...
It is bad practice to use the same password for multiple accounts, because even if only one of them is compromised in a security breach, then all of the accounts are compromised. That is where password managers like LastPass come in handy. Are they truly secure, though? A new report sheds light on the shortcomings of... Read more...
The October 2018 Update for Windows 10 may have gotten off to a rocky start, but that has not deterred Microsoft from forging ahead with its next major update, which is due out sometime in the first half of this year. As work progresses on its next major update, Microsoft has made available a new test build to Windows... Read more...
Have you ever used the same password for multiple accounts? Maybe it's not particularly secure, either, because the really good ones are harder to remember—and no, 'monalisa' is not a secure password. Most will agree that password management is a pain in the backside, and if you wish there was a better way, well... Read more...
How good are you at remembering passwords? If you're like most computer users, probably not very good at all. Given the dozens (or more) websites that we interact with on a daily basis, remembering long and complicated passwords can be a chore. Some users take advantage of browser autofill technology to help take the... Read more...
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