Replacing Passwords and Pins with Icons

We have discussed the sorry state of passwords in many recent articles.  There is an alternative to passwords and pins that may be coming to a smartphone near you.  It is called SemanticLock and it uses emoji-like icons to unlock your smartphone.

Most smartphones go unsecured mainly because most people find it difficult to enter a password using the on-screen keyboard.  4 to 6 digit numeric PINs are slightly ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Back-to-School Cyber Safety

08/10/2018 08:25 AM EDT  

Original release date: August 10, 2018

As summer break ends, many students will return to school with mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Although these devices can help students with their schoolwork and stay in touch with family and friends, there are risks associated with using them. However, there ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


“Ghosting” is making the hiring process harder.

You found the perfect candidate and are ready to make an offer, then your “purple unicorn” stops responding to phone calls, texts, and emails.  What gives?  Not a tech issue, but more an HR issue.  Still, if you can’t find qualified technical staff, this might be an issue.


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Is The End Near For Re-Used Passwords

What do you think about a plan that would actually make it impossible for you to use the same password on two or more sites?  Basically, when you set up a new web account, you would be forced to use a password that was truly different from other passwords you use elsewhere?

I am certain that if you are reading this blog, that you ...

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Password Spraying is a New Type of Brute Force Attack

Password spraying is a new password exploit that is being used effectively against larger networks.  It’s become enough of a problem to merit an alert from US-CERT entitled TA18-086A: Brute Force Attacks Conducted by Cyber ActorsHere’s how it works.

Typically, in a traditional brute-force password attack, the password cracking software runs a long list of every possible password against a system.  In ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Photographer Tutorial Company Reacts To Pirates By Screwing With Them Hilariously

Great story about dealing with creative content pirates on the Internet.


What Will an Artificial Intelligence Future Look Like?

Great article from the Smithsonian takes a look ...

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Something You Are: Typing Cadence

What would it be like if you could identify yourself and authenticate your account by the way you type?  A Romanian company, TypingDNA, has created a Chrome extension that does just that.

I am a big advocate of two-factor authentication, but there are some problems.  One of the three types of authentication is biometrics, which is “something you are.”  NIST, in SP 800-63B states ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Happy St Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick  is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.


Critical Flash update. Patch now!

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What Security Advice Do The Experts Offer?

I recently read an article from Heimdal Security about online safety.  In this article Heimdal had asked 18 experts in the field of cybersecurity for their top 3 ideas about how to stay secure.  The contributors included top cybersecurity professionals from several anti-malware companies, security bloggers, and cybersecurity industry professionals.  The original article is here.

What I found interesting were the ...

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