Is biometrics the future of secure payments?

Is the idea of biometrics as a secure payment system a fad, fiction or fact? This feature looks at whether DNA is linked with our digital identity.

11-year-old sets up cryptographically secure password business

An 11-year-old girl from New York has set up her own business selling cryptographically secure passwords, using a technique known as diceware.

iOS 9 security flaw lets attackers access device through Siri

Apple’s iOS 9 contains a security flaw that lets cybercriminals gain limited access to a device through Siri.

Moonpig warns of password breach – but it may be more than their users who are at risk

Moonpig, the online personalised card company, has blocked the accounts of an unspecified number of customers after users’ details were published online.

New report explains gulf between security experts and non-experts

Security experts and non security experts take very different attitudes to staying safe online, according to new research.

Mastercard trials selfies as password replacement

A new app could see Mastercard accepting selfies instead of passwords to make purchases online.

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.

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