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Facebook has admitted that it trolls the black market for stolen passwords in an effort to beef up its own security and protect its users who may use the same password across multiple online accounts.

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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.

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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.

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It's World Password Day this Thursday! Do you know what that means? That's right, it's that time of year when we get to discover just how truly awful we are at the whole password thing.

Oh, and how to improve, of course.

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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.

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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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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.

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Is nothing sacred? LastPass, the service charged with keeping track of all our disparate online security measures with just one master password, was hacked last Friday — as detailed by the company's own blog post published today. That is not good news.