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LastPass, Defender Of Our Passwords, Just Got Hacked

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.


Start Memorising Your Six-Digit iPhone Passcode

If you have an Apple device new enough to have TouchID, you’ll need to start thinking of new passcodes for iOS 9. Apple is getting rid of the four-digit passcode in its upcoming software upgrade.


New Google Platform Will Save Your Passwords On Third-Party Apps

Straight up too much time is spent punching a wide array of passwords for various apps onto the tiny text fields of our phones. Google’s trying to fix that with the Identity Platform, new tools for developers to help keep users signed into their apps in a secure, hassle-free way.


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.


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