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The Shortcut to Online Security, Strong Passwords & Privacy

It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. Winston Churchill The indispensable element of Winston Churchill’s famous quote is the implied action: taking steps to reach a goal. (Churchill was definitely a man of action!) In today’s often jittery environment of online security […]

Bad Password Policies Lead to Bad Passwords (video)

Very nice discussion between Steve Ragan (csoonline.com) and Martin Bos (TrustedSec) on why so many passwords still suck: it’s in the patterns we use! Policies at work and on sites we visit instill bad habits and then reinforce our bad habits – all while we think we’re being secure! “Years ago, I did a talk […]

4 Easy Things You Can Do That Will Keep You Safe Online

“Most of the problems that we really want to solve in the security field can’t be solved by computers alone.” * This simple, straightforward message speaks volumes to the approach that most folks take when it comes to their security online: they expect their smart and not-so-smart devices to do security for them. It may […]

Digital Bliss or Dadada? #ChatSTC

Wow! As mind-blowing as it sounds, it seems that Mark Zuckerberg’s password for his Twitter AND Pinterest accounts was: Dadada. As a reminder: Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook! The hackers claim that they simply used his password (or some minor modifications) from his LinkedIn account. If all of this is true, then Mr. […]

Will You Open When a Stranger Knocks? #SocialEngineering

We had the pleasure of having a meeting of the minds with Greger Wikstrand @GregerWikstrand on a recent #IDTheftChat – hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center @ITRCSD and Eva Velasquez @ITRCCEO. We encourage you to make time to watch this quick 6 minute video in which Greger does a great job of explaining social […]

Why Are So Many People Still Using Bad Passwords?

While there’s only 1 reason to have strong passwords [security + privacy] (OK, that’s 2 reasons, but they’re tied at the hip, so let’s call it as it is), there are as many reasons to have bad passwords as there are people with an online account [for the sake of simplicity, we’ll round up to […]

World Password Day 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) #ChatSTC

World Password Day is May 5 this year! It’s the 4th year of the annual event, and also the 4th year that Sticky Password is proud to be participating. This year, our friends at the National Cyber Security Alliance have coordinated a bunch of events and an all-star twitter chat under the hashtag #ChatSTC around […]

Secure From What? Password Edition

“Do you KNOW where he is?” “…uh, um…” Edna Mode has just shown Helen (aka Elastigirl) the new line of outfits for the entire superhero family – each with its own built-in homing device. Confronted with the direct question, Helen realizes that she really doesn’t know the whereabouts of her husband Bob (aka Mr Incredible), […]

That’s Not a Password. THAT’s a Password! #ChatSTC

Crocodile Dundee sure had a way with words, didn’t he?! 🙂 Remember the scene when he and Sue were walking back to the hotel in New York City? Up comes a guy flashing a switchblade, which only makes Dundee laugh as he pulls out his very impressive bush knife. The would-be mugger gets away with […]

Passwords and April Fools

Before you can say correcthorsebatterystaple, April 1 is upon us once again. It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. But why is the 1st of April an important date? Because much of the commentary and advice about passwords reminds me of an April Fools’ joke – not malicious, just frustrating, incomplete, […]