08 May 2019

US States with the Worst Consumer Cyber-Hygiene

A new Webroot survey shows that US consumer cyber-hygiene levels are lowest in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Alaska, and Connecticut, while residents of Kentucky, Idaho, Ohio, North Dakota, and New Hampshire perform best in terms of securing their digital accounts and data. In general, the research paints a

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03 May 2019

Cybercriminals thriving on companies overlooking fundamental security requirements

New OneLogin research exposes a large discrepancy between the confidence of IT leaders in the password protection methods in place at their organization, and actual password hygiene. While 91% of IT decision makers claim to have adopted guidelines for password complexity and 92% are confident that their password strategy is

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02 May 2019

Consumers increasingly deploying biometrics as PINs and passwords continue to fail

Today is World Password Day. For this occasion, Nuance released new research showing that resistance against biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition solutions is declining, while frustration over password use remains. Almost two out of three (64%) UK residents feel comfortable using this technology and over

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30 Apr 2019

75% of people are stressed about remembering passwords

A recent Kaspersky Lab survey among US and Canadian citizens highlights how issues related to cybersecurity and data protection can stress people out. More than two-thirds of respondents (68%) said that news of data breaches causes them to feel stressed, although this number was far higher among people who have

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26 Apr 2019

Windows 10: Microsoft ditches its ‘ancient, obsolete’ expiring password policy

As part of a major Windows 10 update coming in May of this year, Microsoft will change its password policy so that users are no longer forced to periodically change their passwords. For a long time, policies of this kind were considered a fundamental security standard, but in recent years

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22 Apr 2019

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

A new survey by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found that 42% of UK citizens expect that they will lose money as the result of a cyber scam, and a whopping 85% of people do not believe that they have sufficient knowledge to protect themselves against cybercrime. This

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19 Apr 2019

Facebook admits to storing plaintext passwords for millions of Instagram user

For the second time this week, and the umpteenth time in the past 12 months, Facebook has made the news due to a massive privacy blunder. In an unwelcome sequel to a March statement by the company that it had stored between 200 million and 600 million plain text user

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22 Mar 2019

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

Once again Facebook has made the headlines due to a privacy snafu. This time, it was revealed that the company stored between 200 million and 600 million plain text user account passwords for years. The oldest password archives were from 2012. The plain text passwords were accessible to over 20,000

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27 Feb 2019

SkOUT Lists Top 25 Passwords Leaked Online

SkOUT Secure Intelligence recently released a list of the 25 most common passwords that were leaked online last year. The list is fully made up of very weak passwords, which the average threat actor could crack in an instant. The fact that extremely obvious credentials like ‘123456’ and ‘password’ are

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27 Feb 2019

74% Of Data Breaches Start With Privileged Credential Abuse

A new Centrify survey shows that privileged access credential abuse is a major threat, yet organizations are doing a poor job in terms of managing privileged access and securing privileged credentials. That research found that 74% of data breaches involved privileged access credential abuse. However, less than half (48%) of

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