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UK Consumers willing to share DNA with banks to secure identity

Consumers in the UK would be happy to share their DNA if it would help secure their financial and personal information, according to a new report.

Password security firm LastPass compromised

Popular online password vault provider LastPass has warned users to update their master account passwords after their network was hacked.

Could brainwaves replace the password?

As biometrics become more popular, the password is increasingly losing ground to new alternatives. So, are Brainwaves the next big thing biometrics?

Is your GoPro camera secretly spying on you?

Poor choices of passwords can lead to your privacy being breached, after researchers revealed just how easy it could be for hackers to break into GoPro cameras.

Gaana music streaming hack could affect over 10 million users

One of India’s most popular music streaming services, Gaana, was pulled offline after a hack resulted in a leak of data affecting more than 10 million users.

Dissecting Linux/Moose: a Linux Router-based Worm Hungry for Social Networks

A malware family that primarily targets Linux-based consumer routers but that can infect other Linux-based embedded systems in its path: Dissecting Linux/Moose.

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.

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