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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 […]

Passwords Made Them Do It

A news station in Denver, Colorado, recently did an investigative report claiming that the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was biased because of a list of joke passwords that was being passed around the office. (Scroll down to watch the video.) Here’s our anchorman: “The idea here is that you walk in and they’ve […]

Hackers and the Passwords They Use

Passwords are the Achilles’ heel of the average hacker. Just think how unfair it would be, if hackers were able to break into other people’s accounts while at the same time they were protected by strong login credentials. As it is, a recent study reveals that hackers are just as much at risk as the […]

What Is It With Big Sports Events and Passwords?

Have you seen the photo that’s been making the rounds on Twitter? It’s some important guy standing in the communications center of the World Cup that’s taking place in Brazil. On one of the huge screens behind him, we can see the password for the WiFi. (By the way, it’s been a great tournament, so […]

Connecting the Dollars: Data Breaches and Identity Fraud

We get all sorts of questions from people asking about passwords and online security. Not surprisingly, after a data breach occurs we get a lot of email about what to do next. Some of the more cynical folks want proof that fraud is related to data breaches. To us, it seems intuitive: when hackers go […]