Pets’ names and partners’ names remain top password choices, says Google

One in six adults use the name of a pet as the basis of their password, and two-thirds use their partner’s name, according to a new survey commissioned by Google.

Fiberio is first touchscreen that reads fingerprints as you use it

A fiber-optic tabletop PC system “reads” fingerprints as people use it – and could form the basis of a secure system for transactions in shops or banks.

Robot vs Android: PIN-cracking machine can break any code in hours

The PIN codes used to protect smartphones offer a useful line of defense against criminals – unless, that is, your device falls into the hands of the robot R2B2.

Passwords are “too risky” and should be banned, says new pressure group

Passwords are outdated and “inevitably” fall into the hands of cybercriminals, according to a new advocacy group, Petition Against Passwords.

How to create strong passwords (without driving yourself mad)

There are a few tricks to making passwords that will at least slow down cybercriminals – buying you time to reset your accounts if a list of encrypted passwords leak in a data breach.

Tumblr warns users over iPhone app password danger

Micro-blogging site Tumblr has warned users that passwords can be “sniffed” from its iPhone and iPad apps – and issued a “very important” security update for both apps.

“Warning fatigue” means browser users ignore up to 70% of security alerts

Browser security warnings can work to protect users from phishing and malware sites – but “warning fatigue” means important alerts over site security can be conmpletely ignored.

Facial recognition system “reads” blood vessels for unbreakable security

A new biometrics system could “read” blood vessels under the skin using thermal imaging cameras – a system which its inventors claim would be “almost impossible to spoof.”

Gaming giant Ubisoft falls victim to breach – user emails and passwords at risk

Game publisher Ubisoft has fallen victim to a website hack, which exposed data including email addresses, user names and encrypted passwords.

Yahoo defends plan to recycle user IDs amid identity theft fears

Yahoo defended its plan to recycle inactive user IDs this week, saying that it had put in place safeguards to prevent the recycled usernames being used for identity theft.

FDA issues cyber attack warning over 300 medical devices

Medical devices including heart defibrillators, patient monitors and anaesthesia devices include a dangerous password vulnerability which could be exploited by cyber attackers, according to the FDA.

Secure passwords – could sticking your tongue out be the password of the future?

A new era of secure passwords could be upon us with a facial password system that can unlock phones using facial expressions – with users required to stick tongues out or frown at the camera instead of typing a password.

Evernote and LinkedIn boost security with two-factor authentication

Evernote and LinkedIn have both added an option for two-factor authentication in the past few days – days after Twitter announced its optional two-factor security system.

Motorola predicts passwords could be replaced by arm tattoos and “authentication pills”

Motorola has revealed plans for hi-tech authentication systems that could make accessing data faster and easier – including a “tattoo” with embedded sensors and antenna, and an “authentication pill” which turns the human body into a giant authentication token.

Financial Times becomes latest victim of Syrian Twitter hackers

The Financial Times has become the latest victim of Twitter hackers, after activists hacked accounts belonging to the newspaper, and also defaced areas of the FT site.

Fake Justin Bieber “I’m gay” Tweet marks latest attack on media Twitter accounts

Celebrity news service E! Online became the latest high-profile media Twitter account to fall victim to hackers, with a series of false Tweets that began with a claim that Justin Bieber was gay.

New “Trusted Contacts” feature will let hacked Facebook users back in

The new feature allows users to log in even if they have also lost access to their email account and cannot initiate a password reset.

Parents need to teach pre-school children to use the internet safely

Pre-school children should learn to get to grips with technology and its problems, argues David Harley, ESET Senior Research Fellow.

More than 90% of passwords are vulnerable to hacks, warns Deloitte – even “strong” ones

Even passwords considered “strong” by IT departments are often now vulnerable to hacking, according to professional services firm Deloitte. The firm predicts that 90% of user generated passwords will be vulnerable to hacking this year.

Twitter blames spear-phishing for recent hacks – and warns news companies to expect more

Twitter has warned media companies that attacks on their official Twitter accounts are liable to continue, after Britain’s Guardian newspaper became the latest high-profile news site to fall victim.

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