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Google reveals failure of ‘secret question’ password recall

A research paper from Google has looked into the difficulties of standard ‘forgotten password’ personal information verification.

Apple bolsters app store security with 2FA and Touch ID

A new update to the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad has bolstered its security features, adding two-factor authentication (2FA) and increased Touch ID support.

Researchers design ‘decoy password’ system to fool hackers

Researchers have developed a system to protect password databases, allowing hackers to believe they have cracked the file, only to be given fake credentials.

Point-of-Sale vendor has used the same admin password for 25 years

A major vendor of point-of-sale terminals has not changed the default passwords used on its devices in a quarter of a century, researchers have revealed at RSA 2015.

Infographic: Alternatives to the password

The humble password has struggled in recent years, and is often seen as vulnerable to attackers. The interactive infographic below offers up some alternatives. Click on the tabs to read about the options.

Twitch backs down on 20-character passwords in wake of hacking

Twitch has backed down on its attempts to force stronger password complexity on its site post-hacking, after multiple complaints from its userbase.

British Bank trials heartbeat based authentication

A British bank has been trialling a different type of biometrics, allowing their customers to confirm their identity via heartbeat according to the BBC.

Toys “R” Us resets account passwords to counter stolen reward points

Account holders with Toys “R” Us have been informed that their passwords will be reset, after unauthorised third-parties attempted to gain access to the company’s reward program.

Hacker puts words into wrestler’s mouth in WWE Twitter hack

WWE superstar Antonio Cesaro was the victim of a Twitter hack this week, as a wrestling fanatic hacked his account to vent against company chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

What are the alternatives to passwords?

Is it time for big companies – at the very least – to abandon weak password security? If so, what password alternatives are there?

Raptr gaming hack leaves user passwords and personal info exposed

Gamers using Raptr and AMD Gaming Evolved chat services should change their login details immediately, following a breach that could give hackers access to names, email addresses and passwords

HipChat hack leads to precautionary password reset

Use HipChat? Be aware that hackers have accessed the names, usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords for some users.

US military explores ‘cognitive fingerprints’ as alternative to passwords

Sky News reports that the United States military is investing heavily in new identify verification techniques that could replace passwords and biometric solutions for security.

Twitter launches phone-based password alternative for the web

Twitter has announced the release of its Digits password alternative for websites, reports ZDNet.

Weakest, common passwords of 2014 revealed

A study of more than 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014 has been released, exposing the most overused, predictable passwords.

Survey: young people overwhelmingly in favor of biometric security

A survey by Visa Europe has found that the majority of those aged 16 to 24 would feel extremely comfortable with biometric security measures.

1800 Minecraft logins leak online

More than 1,800 Minecraft login details have been leaked online, German news site Heise.de has revealed.

Sony execs turned to old BlackBerries from basement in wake of attack

Sony executives turned to old BlackBerries found in a basement in the firm’s California headquarters in, using SMS text messages and a ‘phone tree’ to communicate in the wake of the attack.

Nvidia breach – employee information leaks

Graphics card company Nvidia suffered a data breach in which private employee information was leaked, the company has revealed.

Biometrics – can your fingerprint be ‘copied’ from a normal photo?

Fingerprint biometrics are entering the mainstream as a security measure, with both Apple and Samsung relying on readers to secure their flagship phones – but biometrics may not be as secure as many believe.

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