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Would You Replace Your Passwords with a Familiar Face?

I think we can all agree: password rules are the worst, and they’re not getting any better. With more and more sites popping up where we need passwords, we’re told that having the same password for multiple sites is a big no-no. We’re also told to include a capital letter, a number, and sometimes a [...]

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Were Your Favorite Sites Affected By The Heartbleed Bug?

Yesterday, an encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug, affected many popular websites and services most people use on a daily basis. Some of these sites include Gmail and Facebook. The bug could have exposed your sensitive account information such as passwords and credit card information. Security researchers discovered this vulnerability in OpenSSL, the cryptographic software [...]

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Twitter Accidentally Triggers Mass Reset Of User Passwords

An unknown-but-large number of Twitter users will wake up Tuesday to an email in their inbox telling them to reset their account passwords because their account may have been compromised, but Twitter is saying that email was sent by mistake. Recode.net has details about the accident, which involved the following message being sent to users [...]

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If Your Password Is On This List, You Should Change It Immediately

Every year, SplashData releases a list of the the most common passwords we use for services around the web. Think of your password for Facebook, Twitter, your email, PayPal, eBay, Pinterest, Pandora or Spotify, and others that require you to sign in. Is it easy to guess? If it’s on this list, the answer is [...]

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How To Make Your Passwords More Secure With LastPass

Seemingly every week in the news there are stories about web companies getting hacked, security breaches that result in passwords being exposed and consumer accounts being put at risk. In some cases, the bad guys simply break into customer accounts by using lists of commonly used passwords that many people use out of convenience. There [...]

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How To Enable Two-Step Password Authentication On Google

Two-step password authentication is one of the best ways today to protect your accounts from being compromised by nefarious individuals. In most cases, like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, access to your account is tied to both a password, and to a unique code that is generated either via text message or through an application on [...]

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This Voice-Activated, Fingerprint Secure USB Drive Keeps Passwords And Other Data Safe

This password requires 8 alphanumeric characters, two uppercase letters, at least one digit and two special characters. Just when you think you have a password that will work for a few logins, another company throws a new obscure twist in, and soon you find yourself with more passwords than your poor little brain can handle. [...]

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Was Your Password Hacked?

Password databases are getting hacked all the time these days, or at least it feels like. You might have recently read that Yahoo! lost over 450,000 unencrypted passwords. Sony had 77 million accounts breached in 2011, with over 1 million password without any cryptographic protection. A few months ago even the state of Utah had [...]

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When choosing passwords, older people do better than teenagers

A recent study of the passwords of 70 million Yahoo! users revealed that Internet users over the age of 55 pick passwords that are twice as strong (that is, harder to crack) as passwords picked by people under the age of 25. The study, reported in more detail at newscientist.com, is the latest in a [...]

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The 25 Worst Passwords You Can Use

Passwords can be a pain in the neck considering how many sites require them these days, but it’s always good to know the different between good and bad ones before creating them. Thankfully, a company called SplashData created a list based on millions of stolen passwords posted by online hackers that I have included below. [...]

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