The problem with passwords is they’re no longer fit for purpose.
The threats that passwords aim to protect us from have actually lapped this defence tool. In a 24/7-connected world, passwords are now the problem rather than the solution.
Passwords are... OK. They're not bad. But passwords have flaws. They're relatively easy to crack, for one, given enough time and effort and a powerful enough computer. Biometrics are the best unique tool we have at our disposal right now to personally identify ourselves, and Samsung thinks that its biometrics — its fingerprint scanner, a new iris scanner, and the Knox hardware encryption layer — are good enough to replace the password on your mobile. Not just for unlocking your phone, but for browsing the 'net too.
If you're using a different password for all the sites and apps you're signed up for (and you really should), there are only so many combinations of letters and numbers you can hold in your head at once. The good news is there are plenty of tools out there to remember your passwords and secure them for you. Here are five of the easiest to use.
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.
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.
At today's GOP debate in Wisconsin, the RNC seems to be hoping to draw attention away from what's happening on stage with a bit of levity, reportedly choosing StopHillary as the Wi-Fi password for press.
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.
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.
Whether your employer requires it or you're just a paranoid stonewall of personal security, two-step authentication simply does a better job at protecting your online life. But it adds a bit of hassle, too. Now, researchers are testing how to use ambient noises in your environment to confirm your identity, instead of codes texted to your phone.
The FBI's Houston office is conducting an investigation into an alleged cyberattack against the Houston Astros by the St Louis Cardinals, according to a New York Times report today. It's the first time a pro sports team has hacked a rival (or the first time they have gotten caught), and involves — surprise! — a terrible, awful, embarrassing password mistake.
Hackers broke into popular password manager LastPass this week, which raises some obvious questions: If the service you use to protect your passwords from getting compromised gets compromised, should you still use it? Is it really wise to store all our passwords in the cloud?