Livingsocial got breached. You need to change your password, if you have a Livingsocial account. There are two questions worth asking: How do you protect yourself, and how does this happen?
I had a job interview Monday. I have at least one observation from it–the things on my resume that impress recruiters don’t necessarily impress a good hiring manager. Not on their own, at least. Let’s do some post-mortem.
AT&T has a new password policy that forbids the use of certain common words in passwords, including some words of a colorful nature. Yes, it reduces the number of possible passwords, but that isn’t exactly a bad thing.
This week I posted a link to a video showing how to crack a WPS-enabled wifi network, and this week, Ars Technica wrote a firsthand account of cracking a password list. I’m sure this raises questions of ethics in some people’s minds. To be honest, spreading this kind of information makes me a little uncomfortable [...]
Although I write about passwords about 8 times a week, it seems, it occurs to me that I haven’t–at least not recently, that I can find–written about how to make up a halfway decent password. So, here’s how to make a decent–I won’t say great–password.
Consulting firm Deloitte is warning that 8-character passwords will be obsolete this year. Sound familiar? Of course, the Slashdot crowd blamed it as security “experts” (their words) creating hype to make money. Well, I’m a certified security professional who doesn’t have a dog in this fight, except that I don’t want your accounts getting stolen. [...]
Well, crud. Not all long passwords are good passwords. I’ve suspected for a long time that street addresses aren’t good to use–the formula is too simple–but now it seems that even mashing together a sentence into a long password doesn’t work. (That isn’t something I do often, but I’ve done it at least once or [...]
In case you missed it, a researcher has built a system that can crack every possible 8-character password in less than six hours. If he’s got it, so do the bad guys.
Articles like Ars Technica’s Why passwords have never been weaker — and crackers have never been stronger are getting more and more common these days. In a positive development, I don’t think the story had been live more than an hour or two before people started asking me questions. That’s good, because that tells me [...]