You know by now that you should be changing your passwords regularly — every day there seems to be another cyber security crisis. If you haven't changed your passwords recently, it's now officially time: A massive database containing login credentials is floating around the internet.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
At today's GOP debate in Wisconsin, the RNC seems to be hoping to draw attention away from what's happening on stage with a bit of levity, reportedly choosing StopHillary as the Wi-Fi password for press.
By all means, try to avoid getting arrested. But if you do end up in trouble with the law, remember that you don't have to give police your phone passcode ever. Forcing people to self-incriminate is unconstitutional, which is why a Pennsylvania court just ruled that forcing people to reveal phone passwords violates the Fifth Amendment.
It was little solace to victims of the Ashley Madison hack that the company had kept their passwords extra secure. Some even said the hashing algorithm was bulletproof. But — oops! — it turns out Ashley Madison made a programming error. Hobbyists have now already deciphered over 11 million passwords from the leaked accounts.