Most Popular Passwords and PINs for 2019

If you are using one of these passwords or PINs to “secure” your computer, smartphone, or online accounts you are in danger of having your digital life cracked and compromised.  The passwords have been cracked, are on sale on the Dark Web, and will be the FIRST passwords tried by an attacker.  If you are using one of these, please change it now.

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Weekend Update

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


The FBI Says Your TV Is Probably Spying On You

Last week, the FBI, that bastion of sage privacy and security advice, issued a blog post out of its Portland field office warning cyber Monday shoppers that their smart TV is a little too smart, and likely watches you as much as you watch it. The ...

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Password Managers Look For Breached Passwords

Creating and remembering strong (long) passwords is a chore, and leads to poor security practices such as shorter passwords, reuse of passwords, and writing down passwords in a password list or book that could be stolen.  The best way to create strong passwords and store them for use is a password manager.

The easiest password managers are found in popular web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.  Safari uses the Apple ...

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Authentication Without Passwords

The password represents one of the weakest links in the cybersecurity chain, and is frequently one of the opening points of an attack.  Passwords can be collected in cleartext through phishing exploits such as an email link that directs you to a fake login page, or social engineering ploys such as bogus calls from “IT” or “tech support,” or keylogging software that captures the entire user name/password/web address triad.  Passwords can ...

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