Apple’s fingerprint-reading iPhone 5S – a new dawn for biometric security?

Apple introduced biometric security to iPhone for the first time with the launch of its new iPhone 5S, featuring what Apple describes as an “intelligent” and “accurate” laser fingerprint sensor.

“Silent” audio could be key to unlocking PCs, new password-beating start-up claims

Simply holding your phone a few inches from your PC to “hear” signals inaudible to humans will be enough to log in to sites and services previously protected by cumbersome two-factor systems, a new start-up claims.

Smarter phones? Evidence mounts for fingerprint-protected iPhone

When Apple unveils its new iPhone models Tuesday, one particularly persistent rumor may come true – that at least one model of the new hardware will feature a built-in fingerprint scanner.

Four out of five people are “locked out” of websites due to lost passwords

Four out of five consumers have been “locked out” of websites due to not remembering log-ins – and over a fifth rely on password resets “on a regular basis,” according to a survey conducted by Ping Identity.

Could your heartbeat be the password of the future? Hi-tech wristband offers new way to log in

Your unique heartbeat could offer a secure and easy-to-use alternative to remembering dozens of long, complex passwords, according to Bionym, who launched a new “password wristband” today.

Recipe for disaster? Four in ten “BYOD” owners use no security measures at all

Four out of ten employees who use their own mobile devices at work fail to use basic security measures – and the trend for “BYOD” could be putting company information at risk, according to a new survey.

Windows 8 picture passwords “can be cracked”, researchers warn

The “picture passwords” used in Windows 8 machines are more vulnerable than Microsoft hoped, a research team claims. An analysis of more than 10,000 picture passwords found that a significant percentage could be cracked by algorithms.

Long passwords don’t offer “safe option” as cracker app upgrades

The popular password-cracking app Hashcat has “upgraded” to passwords up to 55 characters – meaning that long passwords (for instance those made up of sentences), can be cracked far more quickly.

New “anti-phishing” technology uses electronic cards, not passwords

Academics create new “anti-phishing” technology – electronic identity cards which allow secure access to websites, and which could simplify access for people less used to the Internet.

LastPass owns up to password-exposing Internet Explorer bug

The bug allowed attackers to see any passwords using in a recent browsing session by performing a “memory dump”, and would have worked even if the user was not logged into LastPass.

Warning over security flaws in HP printers which can reveal passwords

Security flaws in some models of HP LaserJet Pro printers can reveal users’ administrator passwords to remote attackers, a researcher has revealed.

Google Chrome in privacy row over plain-text passwords

Google’s Chrome browser has been criticized over its password security, after a developer found that anyone logged into the same OS account could easily see any saved website passwords in plain text.

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.”

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