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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?

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.

Nvidia breach – employee information leaks

Graphics card company Nvidia suffered a data breach in which private employee information was leaked, the company has revealed.

Biometrics – can your fingerprint be ‘copied’ from a normal photo?

Fingerprint biometrics are entering the mainstream as a security measure, with both Apple and Samsung relying on readers to secure their flagship phones – but biometrics may not be as secure as many believe.

Footage from thousands of home webcams found streaming on Russian site

A Russian website is showing off hundreds of feeds of live webcam footage from inside homes and businesses, which have been accessed by hacking into people’s webcams, CCTV systems and monitors.

Kickstarter campaigns wants your password on your wrist

A new wristband that aims to replace the password has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. At the time of writing, Everykey has passed the halfway mark on its $100,000 funding target with $56,586 pledged with 19 days to reach $100,000. Using Bluetooth, the Everykey promises “immediate access to a user’s password-protected electronics such as

Google security – how to lock down your Google account

If you use Gmail as your ‘main’ email account – or rely on Google services such as Drive for work – it’s well worth revisiting Google’s Settings menus to give your Google security a boost.

Wearable tech and security – can watches help?

So far, wearable tech has been of interest mainly to fitness fiends – but a new generation of hi-tech wearables comes armed with built-in scanners, biometrics and even ‘three-factor security’. Can a watch really keep secrets?

Twitter: “We’re finally getting rid of the password”

Popular microblogging platform Twitter is taking bold steps to try and put an end to the password as we know it, according to Sky News.

Windows 10 to tighten security with prominent 2FA

Microsoft is taking aim at traditional single password systems with the upcoming version of Windows, by including build in two-factor authentication according to ZDNet, which describes the move as “audacious plans to tighten security”.

Facebook scans ‘paste sites’ for leaked usernames and passwords

Facebook has a system in place to scan public ‘paste’ sites for email address and password combinations to stay one step ahead of possible leaks, according to The Register.

Free ebooks warning: Pirates ‘can hack into Amazon accounts’

Pirates beware: free ebooks available online can be used to hack into Amazon accounts via the retail giant’s ‘Manage Your Kindle’ page, used to deliver ebook files to Kindle readers.

Week in security: Home Depot speaks, Gmail and Android ‘leak’

This week, American chain Home Depot admitted its systems had been breached, Gmail users got a fright, and a series of videos showed leaks in Android chat apps. Meanwhile, Facebook freaked out the world…. again.

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