passwords

The Most Common Numbers In 10 Million Passwords

The primary purpose of a password is to serve as an unique verification identifier for a given user. Ideally, the password for a given website or service should be both random and unique; if the letters and/or numbers in the password follow any patterns, then they might be easier to guess by an intruder. For example, someone may put their birth year such as “1987″ or “1988″ in their password, which makes the passwords easier to remember, but consequently easier to break.


Windows 10 Wants To Help Kill The Password For Good

Back in December, a consortium of tech companies adopted a new standard meant to usher in a more secure future without the hassle of passwords. On Friday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will incorporate those specifications, enabling exciting new biometric security features. Good job, Microsoft!


Change Your Passwords! More Social Media Accounts Have Been Hacked

In the last couple of hours three prominent social media accounts have been hacked: The Twitter accounts of Newsweek and Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, as well as the Facebook account of Delta Airlines. And there’s more.


Get 2GB Extra Google Drive Space Just By Checking Your Security Settings

Want 2GB of extra space in your Google Drive account? Today, Google will give it to you for free, just for doing something you should be doing anyway: Reviewing your security.


A Researcher Just Published 10 Million Real Passwords And Usernames 

Security consultant Mark Burnett has just published 10 million passwords along with their corresponding usernames. It’s a thoughtful offering to other researchers — but a legally risky move given the current legal situation surrounding hacking.


Smart Keyboard That Knows Who's Typing Could Make Passwords Stronger

If you’ve ever worked in an office with someone who types like a jackhammer, it’s obvious we all type a little differently. Now scientists have created a prototype of a keyboard that can identify users by their unique typing patterns. It could point to a next generation of passwords that don’t just take into account what you’re typing, but how.


The 25 Most Popular Passwords Of 2014: We're All Doomed

It’s 2015 and it would be nice to think that people had learned what makes a good password by now. They haven’t. And this list of the 25 most popular passwords of 2014 — maybe also make that the worst — proves it.


Here Are Some Dummies Giving Jimmy Kimmel Their Passwords On National TV

Even though we all know better, and because we are a horrible, self-loathing species, human beings will forever insist on using insecure, awful passwords. Awful passwords that, apparently, we are more than happy to broadcast on television.


If Your iCloud Password Is On This List, Change It Before You Get Hacked

Somebody just uploaded a password-hacking tool called iDict to GitHub that promises to use good old fashioned brute force techniques to crack iCloud passwords. The tool also claims to be able to evade Apple’s rate-limiting and two-factor authentication security that’s supposed to prevent brute force attacks. But it’s not quite as bad as it sounds.


We Just Got One Step Closer To Killing The Password

The FIDO Alliance, whose members include everyone from Google to Samsung, just announced new password-free standards for regular and two-step authentication. In other words, the entire tech industry now has protocol for letting you sign into accounts without a password. Get ready for everything but typing out *****.