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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 […]

Passwords, Uniquely

“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” Orson Welles (1915-1985) A key element of a strong password is that it must be unique. No copying! Lorrie Faith Cranor has flipped this axiom on its head. Lorrie, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in […]

eBay Got Hacked – Now What?

You should change your password on eBay. ASAP. We changed ours. It was easy but necessary. Here’s why. Earlier today, eBay announced: “eBay Inc. to Ask eBay Users to Change Passwords” People frequently ask us how a password manager helps protect them against a corporate breach like this. It’s simple – as long are there are […]

What Do Your Online Patterns Say About You?

Kudos to Professor Jennifer Golbeck for an informative TED session. Her talk ‘The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think‘ does a really nice job showing us that online privacy is about a lot more than the data you consciously and voluntarily put ‘out’ there. “So in my lab […]

Heartbleed who? 47% of People Don’t Know

Knock knock Who’s there? Heartbleed Heartbleed who? 47% of people asked didn’t know But you remember – right? The Heartbleed Bug is the security vulnerability that went unnoticed (maybe unpublicized is a better word for it) for 2 years, until a patch was introduced on April 7. Everyone from Facebook to Gmail to Yahoo to […]

Deleting Your Way to Online Privacy?

A few days ago, a columnist contacted us for an article about privacy. The question was pretty basic: how can people delete private stuff from the Internet? While the intention is good, we think the question is misdirected. One of the big problems with privacy online is that people think they are being anonymous while […]