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Wi-Fi woes: Linksys and Netgear router models at risk from backdoor that offers access to ‘controls’

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.

Will 2014 be the year passwords die? Five out-there ideas that aim to take their place

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….

Biometric ‘Smart ID’ card could offer the ultimate in portable security

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.

Pictures of fish-kissing President might be key to secure, easy-to-remember passwords

Your next PC password could be President Bill Clinton kissing a fish – and that disturbing mental image, and similar surreal “story images” could be the key to creating strong passwords across multiple accounts, according to Carnegie Mellon researchers.

Biometrics will become “mainstream” in 2014 – and fingerprints are just the start, says Ericsson

Fingerprint identification systems could sweep through the world faster than most have predicted, according to Ericcsson, the world’s largest cellphone network maker – based on opinion polls of 100,000 smartphone users around the world.

Microsoft uses “telepathy” to warn users off weak passwords

Microsoft’s telepathic power, of course, comes from AI, not magic, and illustrates very clearly which passwords are easy for a computer to “guess” – the tool Telepathwords, guesses the next letter as you type in a password.

Has-bean? Old Androids still on Jelly Bean can be “lock-picked” by malware

A vulnerability in Android could allow attackers to “unlock” phones without cracking PIN codes – using malware to deactivate Google’s locks on handsets and tablets. The vulnerability can “turn off” all locks a user puts in place.

New Apple face-recognizing system could prevent snoopers reading your alerts

Apple users may soon be able not only to unlock their devices simply by showing their face – they may be able to “control” functions on Macs, iPhones and iPads simply by looking at the screen, and prevent people nearby snooping on lock screen alerts.

Kickstarter, Urbanspoon and Warner Bros among 2,000 sites at risk from “impersonators”

Major websites such as Kickstarter, WarnerBros.com and the online photography community 500px.com are among 2,000 at risk from a vulnerability that could allow attackers to impersonate real users and access their sites, according to a researcher.

The beat goes on: Heartbeat-sensing bracelet Nymi could kill off “PINs, passwords, keys and cards”

Human heartbeats are near-unique – each person’s rhythm forms a mathematical pattern which can be used to identify people. A bracelet which aims to use this for secure ID took a big step towards PCs and phones in the home this week, as 6,000 developers began work on apps for it.

Popular horse-racing site hit by “aggressive” cyber attack – passwords leaked

A major British horse racing website has been hit by an “aggressive” and “malicious” cyber attack – and user details have leaked, including some passwords which the owners warn “could be deciphered.”

‘High impact’ bug found in Gmail password recovery system

A ‘high impact’ security bug affecting Gmail’s password recovery system was discovered by a researcher – and quickly patched. The vulnerability allowed attackers to reset user passwords remotely.

Does your mouse know it’s you? Researchers claim patterns can “fingerprint” users – and lock out imposters

When any computer user types on a keyboard, the pattern of keystrokes is unique – like a fingerprint. When using a mouse, the patterns for each user are just as different – and Iowa State engineers aim to combine these “patterns” to identify people, offering a more secure alternative to passwords.

Keypic aims to replace wobbly-text CAPTCHAS with pictures that “lock” spammers out

Keypic uses an image – usually an advert, but it can be a single pixel, an animation, or anything the site’s administrator wants – and checks for typically “human” behavior. It’s already used on nearly 6,000 sites, and is available as a plug-in for WordPress and Drupal.

Facebook helps out users who used same password on Adobe – by blocking them

Facebook users who used the same email and password on their Adobe and Facebook accounts have been offered a helping hand by Facebook in the wake of the recent massive breach at Adobe, which leaked account data for 38 million users.

New ‘inkblot’ passwords could be safe – even AFTER a big breach, researchers claim

The system relies on users describing patterns of blots, then matching descriptions to patterns – and should be foil the automated programs used by cybercriminals, the researchers say.

Knock, knock, unlock: New app unlocks Macs with two taps on your iPhone

A new app lets you unlock Mac computers without entering a password – users simply tap on a paired iPhone with the Knock app when near the Mac, and it opens up.

Adobe breach reveals really terrible passwords are still popular – 2 million used “123456″

Adobe’s security breach laid bare 38 million passwords to the world – and a security researcher claims that 1.9 million of these are the simple “123456”. Half a million craftier customers chose “123456789”

Google testing new way to keep passwords snooper-proof in Chrome

Google may soon offer Chrome users a little extra protection for their passwords – which could previously be accessed in “one click” on unattended machines. The search giant is testing a new security feature, according to reports.

When big sites spring a leak: What to do when breaches put your ID at risk

When Adobe admitted 38 million user IDs had leaked from its system this week, it was one of a long line of companies to fall victim to such data breaches. Most companies react fast – and offer good advice – but our guide adds a few extra safeguards if your ID is put at risk.

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