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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."

New malware allows complete bypassing of network passwords

New malware has been discovered in the wild that can allow attackers complete access to a domain, able to login as any user without the need for authentication.

2 million Facebook, Twitter and Gmail accounts compromised

Around 2 million Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts were compromised by hackers in the past month, according to a new report.

Remembering passwords could be a thing of the past

Berkley - Forgetting your passwords, or having them stolen, could soon become a thing of the past; soon you’ll just have to store them in your thoughts.

Op-Ed: How to curb cyberattacks

The internet has brought many benefits from communications to accessibility, and even to job creations. However, it has also brought the need to protect ourselves with the latest tools to prevent identity theft, breaches, and more.

Facebook password laws take effect in five US states in 2013

New laws that took effect 12:01 a.m, Jan. 1, prohibit employers in California and Illinois from demanding passwords of workers' social media accounts. Other states in which similar laws will take effect in 2013 are New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Twitter hacked? Thousands of user names & passwords on Pastebin

Twitter has allegedly been hacked and tens of thousands of user names and passwords were published on Should you be worried?

Bill proposed to ban bosses from asking for Facebook passwords

There has been much concern about potential employers requesting Facebook passwords from job applicants at interviews. Now gradually bills are being introduced to put an end to this idea.

New variant of Mac Flashback trojan exploits unpatched Java bug

Last summer Apple users were slapped with the notion of a real infection that was rapidly spreading through Mac operating systems.

Congress says 'no' to protecting your Facebook privacy

There has been much hype in the news lately about potential employers demanding Facebook passwords from interviewees. Much concern has been voiced against this invasion of privacy - two representatives took this concern to Congress without success.
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