Could places, not phrases, be the basis of secure passwords. UAE researchers have created a system for creating complex passwords using facts about a user’s favourite place – and claim it can foil ID-theft attacks.
Security expert Graham Cluley takes a look at the Kickstarter hack, and discovers there’s more to think about than just changing your passwords.
Couples who have been in a long-term relationship indulge in risky online behaviour, such as sharing passwords for online accounts, with two-thirds of married couples sharing at least one password, a new study by Pew Internet has found.
Nearly two-thirds of employees – 63% – use personal email to transfer work files, potentially leaving workplaces exposed to hacks against their accounts – and more than half of employees regularly transfer files by insecure channels.
Microsoft’s online Office 365 service has added a new layer of protection to users of the online document-editing service, with two-factor authentication being rolled out to versions of Office 365 this week.
Body odor could be used as a biometric identifier, with high rates of accuracy, due to chemical patterns in the smell that are unaffected by bodily changes – or deodorant – according to Spanish researchers.
Attackers involved in the Target breach, which led to the theft of 40 million debit and credit card details late last year, broke into the retailer’s network via a heating and air-conditioning contractor, according to a new report.
Weak passwords and rarely updated software are a recurring theme behind the 48,000 cyber incidents reported to the Department of Homeland Security – including the theft of data on the nation’s weakest dams by a “malicious intruder”, a DHS report has found.
A Department of Commerce committee will meet for the first time this Thursday to begin discussions on a standard of guidelines for facial recognition software.
The key to beating hackers might not just lie in stronger security measures and ‘unbreakable’ passwords. Now, it seems like an element of trickery is required – almost beating hackers at their own game. Two independent security researchers have developed a system which they call ‘Honey Encryption’, which promises to make it harder for hackers
The Blackberry 10 operating system has been updated to include a ‘photo password’ mechanism, as well as stronger message filtering capabilities.
Password security company Splashdata has released a new version of its annual list of the world’s worst passwords – and ‘password’, last year’s number one, has been unseated by ‘123456’, thanks largely to passwords revealed in the recent Adobe breach.
Starbucks has promised to update its mobile app – the most-used mobile payment app in America – after a security researcher found that it stored passwords in plain text, leaving users vulnerable to attack.
A survey of 22,762 consumers conducted by the British government found that less than half took the most basic steps to protect themselves online, the government revealed as part of a new campaign aimed at consumers and small businesses.
A tiny new iris-scanner which plugs into smart devices and PCs could eradicate the need for passwords entirely – and it offers a far higher level of security than fingerprint scanners, with a ‘false positive’ chance of just 1 in 2.25 trillion.
Many popular models of wireless router from brands such as Linksys and Netgear are vulnerable to a ‘backdoor’, which could allow attackers access to the router’s admin controls, according to a report by Ars Technica.
The two million people who had chosen “123456” as their Adobe password were widely mocked online after the company’s security breach – but most users (and companies) hate passwords, and some have big (and surreal) ideas about what’s coming next….
A new ‘Smart ID’ card, BluStor, aims to “eliminate hacking and identity theft” – using a combination of voiceprints, fingerprints and iris readings and connecting to mobile devices via Bluetooth, so an app can confirm a user’s ID instantly.