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Why Spotify Just Forced Some People To Reset Their Passwords

Spotify is resetting the passwords of some of its users after major data breaches lead to loads of login credentials being dumped online. Don’t worry, Spotify hasn’t been hacked. But if you’re using the same password on every service, it’s probably a good idea to reset them.


Samsung Wants To Kill The Password

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.


The 5 Best Ways To Store Passwords Safely

Image: 1Password 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.


Microsoft Is Banning Your Dumb Passwords

When it comes to choosing passwords, a lot of us are very, very dumb. But Microsoft may have a solution to our stupidity: It has plans to create a dynamically updated list of moronic passwords that it won’t let you use.


Australians Are Really Terrible At Passwords

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.


A CNBC Columnist Asked Readers For Their Passwords

I like a good strong password just as much as anyone else. But CNBC’s stunty idea for a tool that tested the strength of people’s passwords is one of the stupidest things I’ve seen in days — possibly weeks!


Some Guy Figured Out How To Hack Into Any Facebook Profile

A white hat hacker in India says he found a way to hack into any Facebook user’s profile. Don’t freak out though! Like a good white hat, the hacker alerted Facebook to the disastrous loophole. Facebook paid him a $US15,000 bug bounty. Seems small.


Instagram Is Finally Adding Two-Factor Authentication

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.


Your Smartwatch's Motion Sensors Can Reveal Everything You Type

You can now add smartwatches to the list of potential ways your private data could be leaked. Tony Beltramelli, a Master’s students at the IT University of Copenhagen, has shown that even your wearable could be used to compromise your privacy by tracking your every keystroke.


How To View Your Saved Chrome Passwords

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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