Should Facebook Manage Password Recovery?

Back on February 22nd, we discussed Facebook’s new Delegated Account Recovery feature.  Basically, if you should for some reason forget your password to any account, or lose your two-factor authentication device (smartphone), and can no longer get into your account, Facebook will help you recover the account, as long as it is one that is enrolled with Facebook.

This is not the same thing as password managers like DashLane or LastPass, although ...

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Are You Breached? Know What To Look For

The average number of days between a network intrusion and it’s detection by the victim is around 200 days, which is at least 199 days too long.  Sooner or later your company will suffer an network intrusion, computer incident, or data breach, in spite of your best efforts to prevent it.  The goal is to shorten the time between intrusion and detection.

A recently article on Tech Republic discusses ...

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Linksys Wireless Routers Have Security Vulnerabilities

Research firm IOActive recently released a an article that revealed some serious security deficiencies on popular Linksys Smart Wi-Fi products.  They have notified Linksys, and Linksys is working on the firmware upgrades that will be necessary to fix these issue, and they have issued a security advisory.

Among the vulnerabilities discovered:

  • Unauthenticated attacker can create a denial-of-service ...
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Why Biometrics Aren’t the Answer

Happy World Password Day.  I have been following the progress that NIST is making in formulating new standards for user authentication.  Something I found surprising was that NIST is not recommending using biometrics as a form of authentication.  The two main reasons are that biometrics, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and voice recognition, are not a secret.  For instance, you leave your fingerprints behind everywhere you touch something. ...

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SCADA Systems Vulnerable Due to Hard Coded Passwords

We have discussed the dangers to what NIST identifies as Critical Infrastructure that exists because SCADA and other industrial control systems are designed to be run on “air-gapped” networks that are not connected to the public Internet.  Unfortunately, many of these systems are being connected to the Internet, if only in a tangential way.

The German security firm OpenSource Security recently found hard coded ...

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LastPass Quickly Fixes Reported Flaws

I use LastPass to manage all my passwords, and recommend LastPass to my clients and followers.  Often, when I am talking about storing passwords in the cloud, as LastPass does, I get concerned questions about the safety of storing your digital “keys” online.  What happens if LastPass is breached?

Well, the bad news is that they were breached around June 15, 2015.  I remember getting the email alert from them at the time, ...

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Google reCAPTCHA Fooled By Bot

CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Procedures for Telling Computers and Humans Apart, was a system first theorized by cryptographer Alan Turing in 1950.  We find these little “I am not a robot” challenges popping up all over the place, especially when creating a new account, registering for a web service the first time, or sometimes as form of poor man’s two-factor authentication.  (Something ...

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Apple Pushing Two-Factor Authentication

Users of the Apple iOS 10.3 phone operating system are being offered two-factor authentication (2FA) for their Apple IDs.  This offers an additional layer of security for iCloud data, too.

As we have discussed in previous posts, the benefits of 2FA are that your account cannot be breached with only a stolen password.  In addition to the password, a one-time passcode is required to ...

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The Top Cybersecurity Strategies That Prevent Targeted Attacks

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there are seven strategies that will prevent 85% of targeted attacks.  To this list I have added a few of my favorites.

  • Password Manager Programs – If you are truly going to have dozens or hundreds of unique and long passwords, you will need the help of a password manager program to keep them all straight, and enter ...
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Securing Your Social Networks

Social networks are a tremendous source of personal information leakage.  Actually, more like a waterfall.  As we learned in the last post, attackers use social networks to perform reconnaissance against their chosen targets.  Since few of us are going to delete all our social network accounts and move of the grid, we have to find a way to live with ...

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