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A CNBC Columnist Asked Readers For Their Passwords

I like a good strong password just as much as anyone else. But CNBC’s stunty idea for a tool that tested the strength of people’s passwords is one of the stupidest things I’ve seen in days — possibly weeks!


Some Guy Figured Out How To Hack Into Any Facebook Profile

A white hat hacker in India says he found a way to hack into any Facebook user’s profile. Don’t freak out though! Like a good white hat, the hacker alerted Facebook to the disastrous loophole. Facebook paid him a $US15,000 bug bounty. Seems small.


Instagram Is Finally Adding Two-Factor Authentication

If you want to not be hacked, the absolute best thing you can do is turn on two-factor authentication for all your accounts. Instagram is way behind the trend here, but it looks like tween’s second-favourite photo network is finally getting with the times.


Your Smartwatch's Motion Sensors Can Reveal Everything You Type

You can now add smartwatches to the list of potential ways your private data could be leaked. Tony Beltramelli, a Master’s students at the IT University of Copenhagen, has shown that even your wearable could be used to compromise your privacy by tracking your every keystroke.


How To View Your Saved Chrome Passwords

Google Chrome comes with a decent password manager that remembers all of your online login details, if you want it to — you can call them up any time from the Settings tab in the browser. This same database of username and passwords also lives on the web, letting you to bring up a password you’ve forgotten or delete redundant ones.



You Don't Have To Tell US Police Your Phone Passcode 

By all means, try to avoid getting arrested. But if you do end up in trouble with the law, remember that you don’t have to give police your phone passcode ever. Forcing people to self-incriminate is unconstitutional, which is why a Pennsylvania court just ruled that forcing people to reveal phone passwords violates the Fifth Amendment.


Turns Out Ashley Madison's Uncrackable Passwords Are Actually Very Crackable

It was little solace to victims of the Ashley Madison hack that the company had kept their passwords extra secure. Some even said the hashing algorithm was bulletproof. But — oops! — it turns out Ashley Madison made a programming error. Hobbyists have now already deciphered over 11 million passwords from the leaked accounts.


Humans Suck At Coming Up With Good Android Lock Patterns

We’re pretty terrible at coming up with good passwords, but if you thought we were better when it comes to Android lock patterns, you’d be wrong. New research shows that the Tic-Tac-Toe style patterns people devise to unlock their phones often follow dismally predictable rules.


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