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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.


It's Time To Enable Two-Step Authentication On Everything. Here's How.

Yesterday’s news that hackers might have stolen some seven million Dropbox credentials should have scared you into changing your password. And if you didn’t already have two-step authentication enabled on your account, it should be pretty good reminder that you need to turn it on for every account possible.


You Need To Create Unique Passwords For Third-Party Apps Using ICloud

Now iCloud’s two-step authentication is back up and running, Apple is doing everything it can to keep your data secure. And in the case of apps that don’t support two-factor authentication, that means creating new, unique passwords.


Canadian Startup Wants To Replace Passwords With Your Heartbeat

Passwords are almost undisputedly broke: seemingly every month, a different major online service gets hacked, along with all your credit card details (and a few celeb’s personal photos). A Canadian startup thinks it has the solution: using your heartbeat as the authentication method.


iCloud's Two-Step Authentication Is Back And Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing — and a highly publicised, unfortunately timed security breach — iCloud’s two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica.


Russian Hackers Are Hoarding More Than A Billion Stolen Passwords

A Russian crime gang is in possession the largest known collection of stolen passwords, user names, email addresses and other online credentials. That’s one of the worst collections a Russian crime gang can have other than, I don’t know, rocket launchers and dirty bombs.


Should Your Family Get Access To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

It’s a question that will eventually — hopefully not soon! — confront you, me and every other person reading this: Should our loved ones gain access to our digital lives, from email to Instagram to financial accounts, after we die? A cadre of state-appointed lawyers are creating a bill that would allow for just that.


The Case For Using Shitty Passwords

We all know it’s important to take our online security seriously, but hold on just a second before you stuff that next password full of just the right combination of symbols, numbers, upper and lowercase letters. Shitty passwords have their place.


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