Posts Tagged ‘passwords’

Password Use Study – Massive Reuse of Passwords

Friday, December 9th, 2016

The only surprise here is that someone thought that a study was needed in order to prove that people reuse passwords … heck, I could have told them that without a study.

A recent password use study by the German Hasso-Plattner-Institute of roughly 1 billion user accounts concluded that 20% of users were reusing passwords. Additionally, 27% of users used password that were nearly identical with other account passwords. User accounts and passwords are still the dominating method of authentication both locally and online.


Microsoft’s Telepathwords Guesses Passwords as You Type

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

I can’t decide: Is this a helpful tool for helping users to build better passwords, or could it also be misused by hackers as a tool to help guess passwords?

If you have been using the Internet for some time, you know that password security is a serious issue nowadays.

It is not a single issue though, as multiple come into play here. Many users prefer easy to remember passwords, as it makes it easier for them to sign in to websites and services. To make matters worse, it is fairly common that the same password is used across all services and websites, as it is more convenient than having to remember multiple passwords.


Advanced Password Recovery for Windows

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I wonder what this program will be used for most: retrieving forgotten passwords or hacking into password protected computers?

Windows users have many options at hand to recover an account password if they cannot remember it and the sign in fails because of this. We have covered a few options in the past, check out Reset Windows Passwords or Create a Windows Password Reset Disk for pointers.


Sega Loses 1.29 Million People’s Data in Hack!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Here’s another reminder that when it comes to corporate networks, there’s no such thing as “too much” security …

Sega is the latest company to admit to being hacked and has admitted that in a recent attack on its computer systems, the personal details of 1.29 million customers was stolen.

The news first emerged on Friday when they said that the email addresses and dates of birth of customers on its Sega Pass database had been accessed by hackers.  Now the larger admission will be hugely embarrassing to the company.


The LastPass Security Incident – What I Did

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This article provides a pretty good illustration of one of the major weaknesses of password management solutions; if they can hack their way into your password management solution, they’ve hacked their way into everything you thought was secure.

After finding out that there might have been a security breach at LastPass, a company known for their online password management solution, I quickly changed my master password and started to think about possible consequences.


How Web Accounts Get Hacked

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

These are pretty basic security measures, that most web users are probably already familiar with … but it doesn’t hurt to review every once in a while.

Hacking into an e-mail, Facebook, or other account is often a crime of opportunity. That is not to say talented individuals with advanced knowledge are not a threat, but it can be easier than you think to expose your password. For those that have had their account compromised in the past, one of these methods could have been used to get your password.


WebBrowserPassView – Reveal Browser Passwords

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

This sounds particularly useful for old guys like me, who always forget passwords if we don’t use them every day …

All modern web browsers have options to store passwords for the user which is beneficial in two ways; Users do not have to remember their passwords every time they want to log into a service on the Internet, and they do not have to enter the data into the forms manually.


Object-Based Password Generator for Firefox

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

This is definitely an interesting idea; it might not work for every user, but it sounds worth trying out …

Password rules can be brought down to just a few. Users need to create unique secure passwords for the services that they use. Unique means that a password should only be used on one site, secure that it should have a healthy amount of chars (most experts suggest 16+) made up of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.


Too Many Passwords to Remember

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This guy has dreamed up some interesting mnemonic devices to help him remember passwords …

Richard Potter reckons he now has at least 100 IDs and passwords, and is looking for ways to remember or manage them