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In the aftermath of yet another Meltdown, no secrets are safe

Meltdown and Spectre reveal that perfect information protection comes at an increasingly steep cost.

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Password managers grow up, target business users

Enterprise-class password managers fill key security gaps left by single sign-on (SSO) and cloud access solutions.

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Leaked 1.4 billion credentials a risk to users and business

A more nuanced conversation is required to understand the risks that this interactive database poses to organizations.

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Unraveling the truth about the NIST's new password guidelines

tl;dr: if you’re using a password manager, you should be in really good shape.

About half of those responding to an online survey say their passwords are over five years old.

Top 25 worst, most insecure passwords used in 2017

SplashData released a list of the top 100 most popular, and therefore dangerous, passwords used in 2017.

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Salted Hash Ep 12: Zero trust networks and other things that caught our attention in 2017

This week's episode of Salted Hash is the last one for 2017, so we're closing out the year by talking about security wins, and the incidents that held the attention of our panel. Steve is joined by Akamai's Dave Lewis, Andy Ellis and...

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What is two-factor authentication (2FA)? How to enable it and why you should

With Google, Facebook, Instagram, or your own internal accounts, 2FA provides an extra layer of protection that helps keep hackers out.

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5 ways users circumvent security measures and how to prevent it

Workers usually choose convenience over security, especially if you force them to jump through too many hoops. But there are steps you can take to shift the balance back in security's favor.

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Apple's High Sierra allows root with no password, there's a workaround to help

Earlier this afternoon on Twitter, a developer posted a screenshot and reported it was possible to obtain root access on Apple's High Sierra without a password. Several users recreated this issue on their own systems, including a...

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Ready for more secure authentication? Try these password alternatives and enhancements

Password-only authentication is dead. Combine passwords with multifactor authentication, social login, biometrics, or risk-based authentication to better protect users and your reputation.

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How hackers crack passwords and why you can't stop them

Password crackers have access to more stolen passwords and better password hacking software and tools than ever before.

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Are you giving useful advice?

If you can’t measure it, it’s not actionable. If it’s not actionable, it’s not useful. And if it’s not useful, is it actually advice?

About half of those responding to an online survey say their passwords are over five years old.

Free GoCrack password cracking tool helps admins test password security

FireEye released a managed password cracking tool, GoCrack, to help security professionals test password effectiveness and securely store passwords.

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6 reasons why awareness programs fail even when following best practices

Taking into account the traditional critical success factors of security awareness may not be enough to create a security aware environment.

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3 scary tech spooks and how to protect yourself

In this technology-dependent world, it’s no surprise we often come into contact with many threats and scams, but you don’t have to fall victim to them. Check out the top 3 tech spooks I’ve had to deal with, and my recommendations for...

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Equifax proves the CISOs right

Are we witnessing a tipping point for an archaic cybersecurity framework based on SSNs?

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5 worst cybersecurity habits with catastrophic consequences

These cybersecurity habits can have devastating effects. Make sure you — and your employees — aren't following them.

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Want stronger passwords? Understand these 4 common password security myths

Yes, password length and complexity matter, but only if you apply those qualities to the proper security context.

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