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Improving cybersecurity through Multi-Factor Authentication

Recent reporting shows that Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) can block up to 99.9 percent of automated cyber attacks, yet only 28 percent of the population (based on the report) take such measures to protect their accounts.

Do U.S. citizens have the world's weakest passwords? Special

How good is your password? When did you last update it? Is it formed of a combination of letters, numbers and symbols? While your own password might be secure, you'll be surprised just how weak many are.

Five tips for creating a stronger password Special

May 7 each year marks World Passport Day. Despite repeated advice, many people still have weak passwords, and while biometric technology is still in its infancy most people remain reliant upon the keyboard password.

Apple pledges to support passwordless authentication movement Special

Apple has recently joined the FIDO Alliance to support efforts to replace password-only logins with secure and fast login experiences across websites and apps using the emerging standard WebAuthn. Ben Goodman looks at the issue.

Q&A: Hackers access files from the sound of keystrokes Special

An alarming new report finds that hackers can crack a password by recording keystroke sounds and using software to work out the combinations that have been used. Expert Ivan Blesa looks into the issue.

Q&A: A passwordless future for enterprise security? Special

There is a growing shift toward a passwordless future for enterprise security as most hacking-related company breaches are traced back to compromised and weak credentials, according to Matt Davey, COO of 1Password. But is this the right option?

New Instagram security flaw identified

A security researcher recently discovered a flaw in the way Instagram handled the validation of password reset codes. This defect means an attacker could request one million password reset codes within a ten-minute window and with 100 percent success.

How companies boost internal digital security

The need for user accounts, passwords and answers to security questions is at an all-time high in companies given the multiple forms of digital access and information. A new report sets out ways for improved protection.

A person’s heartbeat can be used as a password

New York - It is now possible to protect sensitive medical records by using the heartbeat of the patient as a unique identifier. The idea is to ensure patient privacy is protected.

Microsoft axes Windows 10's controversial Wi-Fi password sharing

Microsoft has removed a controversial Windows 10 feature that automatically shared your Wi-Fi password with your Facebook friends and Outlook contacts. The company confirmed it has been axed going forward, citing a lack of use as the reason.

Spotify denies it was hacked as lists of passwords appear online

A list that contains hundreds of Spotify usernames, email addresses and passwords has appeared online. Spotify says it wasn't hacked but users have confirmed many of the details are valid and have reported problems with their account.

Twitter bug may have shown email addresses of thousands of users

Twitter has patched a "password recovery bug" on its main website that may have revealed the account details of almost 10,000 users. The security issue let outsiders see email addresses and phone numbers associated with the affected accounts.

Instagram helps users stay secure with two-factor authentication

An update to Instagram, the popular photo sharing app and social network, has added support for two-factor authentication. It keeps users more secure by requiring them to enter a code sent to their smartphone each time they login from somewhere new.

Team creates 'unhackable' brain scanner to replace passwords

Future security is topical at the moment as groups across the world are building different systems to prepare us for a passwordless future. One such team has come up with a very different solution that scans the brain to create an 'unhackable' ID.

'Worst password' of 2015 revealed — It's still 123456

SplashData has published its updated list of the worst passwords in use today. 123456 is still at the top of the list, followed by "password" and 12345678. The company warned that poor security habits are putting Internet users at risk of exploit.

LastPass users warned of sophisticated phishing attack

A flaw in the popular password manager software LastPass has been discovered by a security researcher. It allows a hacker to design an exceptionally convincing phishing attack and persuade the user to give up the root password protecting their details.

Pressing backspace 28 times will unlock most Linux PCs

A strange bug has been discovered in the Linux operating system that gives hackers an easy way into computers if they have physical access. Pressing the backspace key 28 times while on the login screen will override the need for a password.

Passwords aren't going anywhere yet, should last until 2025

Despite moves towards two-factor and biometric authentication methods, the humble password remains the most common form of protection used online. The often-loathed strings of characters won't be phased out for another 10 years, according to a study.

WordPress hit by hackers, 30,000 passwords force reset

Popular blog hosting site WordPress has announced that 30,000 passwords will be reset in the wake of the discovery of a security breach. WordPress now powers over a quarter of all the websites online.

Amazon is warning users that their password may have been leaked

Just days away from Black Friday, Amazon is reportedly emailing a currently unknown number of users to inform them their password may have been visible during a potential leak of the company's database. It remains unclear how the breach happened.

Google can remotely reset the password of most Android phones

A report prepared by the New York District Attorney's Office has found Google is capable of remotely resetting the password on the majority of Android devices if ordered to by a court. The findings are the latest development in the war on encryption.

'Poetic passwords' could be the future of memorable security

A pair of researchers claim to have developed a new system for generating super-secure, memorable passwords that is based around rhyming poetry. The resulting phrases would take five million years to crack, based on the performance of today's computers.

Report: Android lock screen patterns are surprisingly predictable

Security researchers have found that many lock screen patterns used by Android smartphone owners are as predictable as simple passwords like "1234567". Most people adhere to several common traits when making a pattern which dramatically reduces security.

Yes, Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password: What you need to know

Windows 10 introduces a new option that allows you to automatically share your Wi-Fi password with your contacts, including people on Facebook. The feature is enabled by default and isn't pleasing people online. Here's what you need to know.

MasterCard wants to replace passwords with selfies and speech

Card provider MasterCard has begun a trial of a new technology that could see its customers verifying purchases with a quick selfie as opposed to a password. The aim is to make something "cool" that is quicker and easier than a password.

LastPass password management service hacked, users warned

Password management service LastPass has advised its users to change the master password for their accounts after noting some suspicious activity on its servers recently. Although it does not believe any data was taken, the firm is taking precautions.

70% of people 'have no confidence in passwords'

A study has found that over 70 percent of ordinary Internet users believe that passwords are an inadequate and ineffective method of protecting personal details online. It also found that many are suffering from a chronic case of "password fatigue."

Yahoo begins process of eradicating passwords

Yahoo has released a new system of logging in to Yahoo Mail that eliminates the need for remembering long, secure passwords. Instead, passwords are generated "on demand" when required at the time of login.

Chef Jamie Oliver's website infected users with malware

A spokesman for celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has acknowledged that malicious code on his self-branded website contained malware that could have given hackers control of users' computers as they browsed for recipes.

The Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2014 is here; '123456' still top

SplashData has released its updated list of the Top 25 Worst Passwords for 2014, continuing the new tradition since 2011. As might be expected, "123456" still tops the chart, followed in second place by the decidedly simple "password."
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