Password Security

Microsoft seeks to mitigate laziness by banning popular passwords

Microsoft seeks to mitigate laziness by banning popular passwords

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Old man Redmond looks to prevent "LinkedIn"-style debacle by preventing users from choosing popular passwords.

University of Plymouth plans to exchange passwords for pictures

University of Plymouth plans to exchange passwords for pictures

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UK researchers could improve security and overcome password fatigue

What the hell do we do if password vaults aren't secure enough?

What the hell do we do if password vaults aren't secure enough?

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The news that the KeePass program can be hacked, allowing an attacker to stealthily decrypt login credentials, raises concerns for all password vaults.

Why should enterprises care about the Ashley Madison breach?

Why should enterprises care about the Ashley Madison breach?

Torben Andersen warns of the danger of corporates relying on passwords alone to protect their businesses...

Yahoo scraps passwords

Yahoo scraps passwords

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Yahoo has redesigned its mobile mail app and it doesn't need a password.

Ashley Madison hack reveals shortcomings in company's data encryption techniques

Ashley Madison hack reveals shortcomings in company's data encryption techniques

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More than 11 million passwords revealed by CynoSure Prime in hack of Ashley Madison's encrypted database of user credentials.

GCHQ urges organisations to ditch pointless password policies

GCHQ urges organisations to ditch pointless password policies

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Frequent changes and strength meters won't improve password security, say GCHQ cyber-security experts.

Plex video sharing customers left at risk after hack attack

Plex video sharing customers left at risk after hack attack

Users of the video-sharing site Plex have been left vulnerable to an attack after the company revealed that members' passwords had been compromised.

Emoji passwords get thumbs up for banking

Emoji passwords get thumbs up for banking

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Banking can be a rollercoaster of emotion, depending on the size of your bank balance, but one technology company is taking it to a new level.

Password manager LastPass breached, data compromised

Password manager LastPass breached, data compromised

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LastPass hacked, it's time to change your master password

Extracting the weak link in password protection

Extracting the weak link in password protection

Removing human interaction with passwords and automating their selection and frequency of change is certainly a step in the right direction says Richard Walters.

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Passwords aren't going anywhere any time soon

Passwords aren't going anywhere any time soon

Take human memory out of the equation and passwords remain a viable access option says Emmanuel Schalit.

ICYMI: Sony passwords, government malware and the return of Poodle

ICYMI: Sony passwords, government malware and the return of Poodle

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This week's In Case You Missed It looks at the five most popular articles on SC, including weak passwords exposed in the Sony Pictures breach and the return of the Poodle flaw.

Weak passwords revealed by Sony Pictures hackers

Weak passwords revealed by Sony Pictures hackers

Experts emphasise the need for user education as Sony hackers reveal employee passwords such as "password" and "s0ny123"

Change passwords? People can't be bothered, survey shows

Change passwords? People can't be bothered, survey shows

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Two thirds of users still using the same password across multiple accounts says survey.

MasterCard, Visa pin hopes on new security standard for online payments

MasterCard, Visa pin hopes on new security standard for online payments

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MasterCard and Visa have teamed to develop a new security standard, 3DS 2.0, which aims to kill off the password for online transactions.

How the threat landscape challenges authentication - old and new

How the threat landscape challenges authentication - old and new

The growing cyber-threat landscape poses some awkward questions for present and future authentication methods, argues Barry Scott.

Password recovery made too easy

Password recovery made too easy

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A senior malware analyst has slammed the availability of a `password recovery' utility from Freehostia, noting that the software actually uses network admin utilities to take credentials from the users' PC.

Average Briton has 19 passwords

Average Briton has 19 passwords

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A new study from Cyber Streetwise reveals that Britons are using more passwords than a year ago, but warns that most of these are not complex and thus easier to crack.

Identity is the foundation of trust: why passwords can no longer be relied upon

Identity is the foundation of trust: why passwords can no longer be relied upon

Passwords have numerous failings, including their ability to be shared or stolen, meaning that they are not a secure way to authenticate identity, and other options must now be adopted says Dana Epp

The (grim) reality of password security

The (grim) reality of password security

There are security vulnerabilities when using passwords, but Tyler Moffitt says that there are steps that you can and should take to make sure your data less easy to access.

Industry divided as Met Police recommends smartphone PINs

Industry divided as Met Police recommends smartphone PINs

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After two years of quietly lobbying mobile phone manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung, the Metropolitan Police have gone public with its request for all mobile phone vendors to implement PIN protection as a default setting on a handset.

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