passwords

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 *****.


The Tech That Will Kill Passwords Dead

Passwords are broken. Most people pick crappy passwords, and that inevitably leads to trouble.(We’re looking at you Sony Pictures.) Good passwords are basically impossible to remember. Heck, even the dude who invented passwords thinks they’re a total nightmare. The time to kill the password is overdue, and thankfully there’s some promising technology that will enable us to do that quite soon.


Sony Kept Thousands Of Passwords In A Document Named 'Password'

It’s been a rough week for Sony execs (million-dollar salaries notwithstanding). And things are only going to get worse. It would almost be enough to make you feel bad for the poor schmucks in IT — that is until you realise that the company hid its most sensitive password data under the label “Passwords”. Go ahead and slam your head against something hard. We’ll wait.


The Common Mistakes That Make Your 'Strong' Passwords Weak

By now, you probably think you know the drill when it comes to passwords: Avoid pet’s names, mix up letters, change your password regularly, blah blah blah. We might think we’re being clever, but according to State of the Net, the tricks we’re using to make our passwords strong these days can actually make us more susceptible to hacks.


The FBI's Most Wanted Cybercriminal's Password? His Cat Chewy

Back in 2012, the FBI nabbed Jeremy Hammond, the most wanted cybercriminal in the country, at his home in Chicago. And until now no one had any idea how the feds actually managed to decrypt the hard drive they found there. Turns out it’s pretty easy to break into a hacker’s computer when your password is the name of your pet cat Chewy.


How To Find Long-Lost Passwords Hiding In Your Browser

Wait just a second before clicking that ‘Forgot password?’ link — chances are that your browser has your password stored somewhere in the depths of its memory. Head to your browser’s cache of login details if you can’t recall your credentials, or you’re signing in on a new device altogether.