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.

Business security: Is simpler better?

Staying safe and protected online as an enterprise is growing in importance and recognition. We look at whether business security needs to be simpler?

iOS bug leaves iCloud passwords vulnerable

A security researcher has highlighted an iOS bug that makes it easier for hackers to to steal iCloud passwords.

ESET’s Mark James on addressing business security employee issues

ESET’s Mark James on the issues employees have with business security measures, and how to counter the difficulties without compromising safety.

Weakest, common passwords of 2014 revealed

A study of more than 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014 has been released, exposing the most overused, predictable passwords.

Is it really the end for password authentication?

Passwords as a method of authentication may be seeing their end of days. But what’s a realistic alternative to our old, alphanumeric security standby? Biometrics? Or perhaps two-factor authentication can play a role?

Five million Gmail credentials posted online

Some five million people who used their Gmail address as a user name had their passwords published by someone who apparently thinks that’s a cool thing to do. Changing you Gmail password now is a good idea.

Strong password – Chrome now offers ‘pronounceable’ choices

Google Chrome will now recommend pronounceable password hoices, according to developer and Chrome “happiness evangelist” Francois Beaufort, who announced the change via his Google+ page.

PIN number: Police want codes on ALL devices

Police hope to work with leading mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung to build in the requirement for a password or PIN number into ALL handsets to ‘target-harden’ devices.

‘Biometric’ earbuds invisibly prove it’s you, with no need for passwords

Biometrics are touted as a replacement for the passwords and PINs we all know and hate – and Intel’s new earbuds could be the most discreet way of authenticating a user ever.

eBay breach news: Posted data dump not valid, password reset issues

As the 145 million people affected by the security breach at online giant eBay get used to the idea that their personal information may be “out there” and their passwords need to be changed, we wanted to update yesterday’s coverage of the story.

eBay customers urged to change their passwords after breach

eBay customers should change passwords following this latest high profile breach. The Internet giant says the hack exposed names, addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords of customers.

Samsung raises Apple an eyeball with ultra-secure iris-scan smartphones

High-end Samsung phones could soon ship with a biometric scanner which puts fingerprint-swipe buttons (as seen in both Samsung and Apple’s flagship smartphones) in the shade, security-wise – an iris scanner.

The future of security: Microsoft rewards 5-year-old who found critical password flaw

Most five year olds can write their own name – but few have a job title to put after it. A young Xbox fan has joined an elite group of official Microsoft “security researchers” after he exposed a security flaw on Xbox’s Live Service.

Government committee to set facial recognition guidelines

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.

Yahoo Mail falls victim to password hack

Yahoo has announced that its email system has recently been subject to a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access”.

‘Honey Encryption’ foils hackers with false positive data

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

FBI makes arrests in global email-hacking ring

The FBI has announced several arrests in a worldwide coordinated effort to break up a gang of email ‘hackers for hire’.

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.

Android users to get Apple-baiting fingerprint protection “by next year”

Apple’s fingerprint sensor has drawn a huge amount of attention (and hack attempts) ever since it launched on iPhone 5S – but it seems Android users will get their own fingerprint protection shortly.

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