Items tagged with Passwords

As we approach the end of the year, cybersecurity outfits inevitably round up and share the weakest passwords detected in the wild over the past 12 months. Some of these are obvious—12345678 is a terrible password that keeps showing up—but a new security report highlights some surprising trends that call into question... Read more...
Back in August of this year, the password manager LastPass suffered a security breach that resulted in the theft of proprietary technical information and portions of the company’s source code. Hackers then used the stolen information to breach LastPass again at the end of November. Shortly after this follow-up breach... Read more...
The CEO of the password manager LastPass, Karim Toubba, has published a blog post on the company’s website disclosing a recent security breach. According to the blog post, this incident affected both LastPass and its affiliate company GoTo, with a similar blog post appearing on the GoTo website. With the help of the... Read more...
Three days ago, users of the sports betting service DraftKings began reporting that their accounts had been hacked. In cases in which the hacked accounts contained funds, users reported the hackers attempting to withdraw their funds to newly added bank cards. Yesterday, DraftKings acknowledged these reports publicly... Read more...
Security analyst Sam Croley is a specialist in password cracking, and has just found a new best friend: the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090. Impressively, the Ada Lovelace architecture flagship graphics card is over twice as fast at password cracking as its direct Ampere architecture predecessor. What this means in practical... Read more...
Pretty much everyone has experienced a moment of fear as they struggle to remember a password to an account they are trying to sign into. Throw into the fray prompts for two-factor authentication, hackers still accessing your pertinent information online, and trying to maintain an online account can feel overwhelming... Read more...
Managing passwords across all your platforms and logins can be a nightmare. You have an account for your bank, social media, smart devices, doctor, gaming platforms, work, and probably a lot more. Fortunately, Google has started rolling out new password manager features to make your password juggling hopefully... Read more...
Cybersecurity experts are constantly trying to improve user account security. This task can be a difficult one when users don’t take basic steps to secure their own accounts. A recent report found that the most commonly used passwords among business executives are “123456” and “password.” However, even accounts... Read more...
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...
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