Posts Tagged ‘password’

Microsoft’s Password Recommendations

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Nothing too surprising here, but I think most users will appreciate the idea of getting rid of mandatory, periodic password resets.

Robyn Hicock of the Microsoft Identity Protection Team published a Password Guidance paper recently in which recommendations are made to IT administrators and users in regards to password security and management. Passwords are widely used on today’s Internet, local networks and even individual devices, and while companies have started to develop alternatives, none will replace the need for passwords for authentication in the near future.

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Researchers to Reveal Critical LastPass Issues in November 2015

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

In the end, will it turn out that writing down your passwords on the back of an old business card in your wallet is actually more secure than an online password management service?

Password managers are great as they store a virtually unlimited number of important information, accounts, passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data. They keep you from having to memorize unique strong passwords, or use other means to remember them such as writing them down. All the data is protected by a single master password, and, if supported, by additional means of protection such as two-factor authentication.

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Could Chrome OS go Password-Free by February 2014?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

This is definitely an interesting idea, but it sounds like there are quite a few details that need to be worked out first …

Passwords have become both necessary and evil on the internet. We need them to protect our accounts, but many users pay less attention to them than they should — witness the recent Adobe hack. The software company leaked out the data of 153 million users, with email and password hints in plain text and passwords encrypted poorly. A hint about security — “123456” is not a secure password, though it was number one on the Adobe most-used list. Hints like “try ‘password'” were also found.

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Google Chrome – Display Passwords on Focus

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

This one sounds like it would be particularly helpful for forgetful old fogies like me …

Passwords that you enter in the Google Chrome web browser, or in any other browser for that matter, are always hidden behind asterisks. Why that is done? So that no passer by can catch a glimpse of the password that you are entering right now. That’s great when you are working in public places, on public computer systems or anywhere else where someone may be able to look at your computer screen.

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Add Password Protected Bookmarks to Google Chrome

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Here’s an interesting new add-on that will probably be appreciated most by folks who use a shared computer from time to time …

If your computer is used by multiple users, you sometimes may want to protect “sensitive” data from the prying eyes of others. While it is recommended to use user profiles, it is quite common that a family uses a single profile for all of its work on the computer for instance.

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Zappos Hacked, Security Email Asks Users to Change Passwords

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Online retailers definitely need to be aggressive about user account security; otherwise customers will take their business elsewhere.

Zappos yesterday notified all of their employees and customers that a company server has been compromised. The email, accessible online only for visitors from the US, indicates that the attackers may have gotten hold of part or all of the customer account database of Zappos.com. Information that may have been retrieved by the attacker include customer names, email addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of the credit card number and encrypted passwords.

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Lifehacker Hack – What You Need to Do Right Now

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I don’t use Lifehacker or Gawker, but if you do, then you might want to read this …

You may have already read it on other sites that Lifehacker and other Gawker Media properties were compromised. That’s bad enough for the company and web properties they own, but also for users of the sites. You see, users needed to create an account at Lifehacker and other sites before they were able to comment. Those who were using Facebook Connect were not affected by the hack, for every other user there is a chance that their login information were indeed compromised.

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Does Your Console Server Provide Adequate Out-of-Band Security?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

These days, it’s pretty hard to find a modern console server that doesn’t include several different levels of security and authentication for web access. But what if you need to contact your console server when the network is down? Does your console server provide adequate security for out-of-band, dial-up access too?

Like most console server products on the market today, WTI console servers include a robust assortment of security and authentication features, but WTI console servers also go a step further by including password protected, dial-back security for out of band access. This means that even when network communication is not available, you can still dial into a WTI console server without compromising security.

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How Secure Is A Password?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

This is good advice, but how many people can remember a password like, “DP12c*0J!dM5mfdq2r!&WmMi!#g3”?

New technologies and more powerful computer systems have made it important in the last years to create secure passwords to avoid successful automatic password cracking attempts via brute force and dictionary attacks.

But how do passwords have to look like to be considered secure? And who determines that? There is no authority with guidelines on the creation of secure passwords. Companies, organizations, software developers and end users all have their own definition of secure passwords.

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