What does Microsoft’s move mean for passwords?

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The FIDO Alliance (Fast Identity Online Alliance) recently awarded Microsoft Hello, Microsoft’s Windows facial recognition system, FIDO2 certification. With this certification, Windows devices can use biometrics — such as facial recognition, fingerprint, or FIDO2 security keys — to authenticate to devices. While this news is Microsoft focused, it’s part of a broader push to depreciate […]

In security, it’s usually the basic stuff that gets you — like passwords

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There are some very smart hackers out there with access to the latest techniques and exploits, but time and again it has been observed that attackers don’t need to deploy the latest and greatest because they can achieve their goals with the older and basic. Why bother with something complex or burn a new tool […]

Are we honest about our password habits?

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Passwords are always an interesting discussion. While we all are aware that passwords aren’t quite good enough, we’ve yet to turn to any alternatives that are as convenient. PCMag.com recently set out to get some answers when it comes to passwords, and so they surveyed 2,500 U.S. consumers to get a sense of their password […]

Is it time to ditch passwords for apps?

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Is it time to access protected apps sans username and password combinations? Yes, and if a new initiative catches on, it just may happen. Even if it doesn’t: When it comes to authentication, the time has certainly arrived for new ideas for eliminating passwords. We hate passwords as users: They are a pain to create, […]

5 common password sins that weaken security

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about passwords, password strength and hacked password managers, and even the need to get rid of passwords altogether. While that may not be a bad idea, passwords are going to be with us for some time. And for decades now, probably since the invention of the first computer […]

The 25 worst passwords of 2015: Did yours make the list?

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It seems everybody likes lists. But there’s no reason to like anything found in this “Worst Passwords List,” released January 19 by SplashData. This list is the 2015 version of the group’s annual compilation of poor password hygiene. The report is based on more than 2 million passwords leaked throughout the year. The passwords are predominately from users in North […]