Tomorrow is World Password Day

I have been predicting the death of the password for several years now, but all of us are still using them, even if they are easily stolen, cracked, or bypassed.  A password by itself is not all that secure anymore.  But there are several simple steps you can take to make them more secure.

Do not:

  • Do not use personal information. Information such as  your name, or the name of your pet, spouse, ...
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Weekend Update

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


‘Was the Iowa Caucus Hacked?’

People Are Searching for Answers
After a night of confusion and uncertainty in which no results were reported for the Iowa Democratic caucus, people are searching for answers. As a cybersecurity journalist, I probably consider the hacking possibilities more than most, but it was hard not to wonder. Adding to the fire ...

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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.

The ...

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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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