passwords

Brainprint: Your Mind's Reaction To Certain Words Could Be Your Password

We’ve heard a lot about how our bodies — our faces, our irises, even our heartbeats — will replace passwords. Now, a group of neuroscientists are adding another body part to that list: the brain. Or more specifically, the brain’s response to certain words.


Edward Snowden On How To Generate The Best Passwords

Video: On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, a long conversation with Edward Snowden wound up turning into advice on coming up with good passwords. The upshot? Passwords of eight characters or less are basically crackable in seconds. And the best password that Snowden could come up with was MargaretThatcherIs100%SEXY.


Create An Ultra-Secure, Easy-To-Remember Passphrase Using Dice

So you replaced the letter “e” with “3” and capitalised a random letter, and now you think your password is secure? Nope. Hackers (and the NSA) know those tricks, too. That’s why you should use this crazy dice technique to create a practically unbreakable passphrase.


Man, It's Still So Easy To Fool Facial Recognition Security 

Passwords suck, so why not replace them with facial recognition software? Because facial recognition software still kind of sucks too, as Dan Moren discovered in Popular Science after a little craft project easily fooled his bank app.


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.