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World Password Day 2015

May 7 is World Password Day. If you’re one of those people who are asking themselves, why there’s a day dedicated to passwords, then this message is for you! The reason for World Password Day is simple: to raise awareness of strong passwords to protect yourself online. Because sometimes, we all need to hear good […]

Why You Should Care About the Bitglass “Where’s Your Data?” Experiment

Calling it the “world’s first A/B test for stolen credit card numbers on the Dark Web,” the folks at Bitglass have published the results of their ‘Where’s your data?’ experiment. The Bitglass research team prepared real-looking personal ID info that they then posted on the dark web*. The fake personal data was bait (think tasty […]

John Oliver and Edward Snowden Tackle Passwords

From the April 4th episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. After Snowden tells Oliver an easy and effective way of making a good password: John Oliver: “Now, you’re right. I get it. I get how important it is. I fully understand that. The problem is, I’m not gonna do it, because… it seems […]

The Π of passwords

It’s Pi Day (3/14). And this year is even more special because it’s 2015, so we get Pi out to 4 digits 3/14/15. But wait – it gets even better. At 9:26:53 today, you’ll be able to celebrate Pi to the ninth decimal point: 3.141592653. That’s very coooooooool – even if you’re not into geeky […]

The Magic of Keepsake Passwords

What’s the magic word? “Please!” At least, that’s what all the grownups tell you when you’re growing up. “Open Sesame” worked very well for Ali Baba when he needed to open the door to the hidden cave where he and his 40 thieves would secrete themselves and their contraband. First appearing in tales in the […]

Size Does Matter… Password Edition

If you spend any time reading articles and blogs about security, then it’s likely that you’ve come across a lot of advice on how to create and remember incredible passwords. Most articles on the topic give pretty good advice… for creating one amazing password. (Advice that would have helped me a lot in 8th grade […]

Death by Passwords

Have you ever noticed that when you ask a friend how many passwords he or she has, the answer is almost always between 10 and 20? When you think about it, that really isn’t a lot, BUT they’ll go on to tell you how hard life is with all these passwords.* “So, how do you […]

I Know Where Your Cat Lives and More Than You’d Like Me to Know

The folks at Data Privacy Day recently brought a couple of great items to our attention: cats, students and sex, drugs and rock and roll, and metadata. Talk about great content for blogging! Let’s face it, baby boomers had it easy. Everyone was drinking in dorms, smoking, hanging out with all sorts of characters that […]

To Re-use, or Not to Re-use, That is the Password Question

Humans tend to look for the easy way out – it’s in our DNA. That’s right, we’re lazy. Before you get upset at us for being so direct, remember that this is what leads to innovation and most energy- and time-saving inventions like the wheel, sliced bread, dishwashers and the computer or smart device that […]

Passwords – The Cure For What Ails You

My hat is off to Mauricio Estrella. He tells a wonderful and inspirational story that begins with two things in life that everyone knows are depressing: divorce and passwords. There he was, a man just going through the motions when he discovered that those motions were exactly what he needed to get his life in […]