Data Breach at SUPERVALU Retail Chain

Yet another retail chain has experienced a data breach that likely involved customer credit card data. In what they are calling a Criminal Computer Intrusion, Supervalu announced that a breach involving several of their chains occurred in the range of dates: June 22 through July 17. We’ll keep you Informed about the breach as information […]

Password Selection Rules: Corporate Edition

File Under: Funny CORPORATE DIRECTIVE NUMBER 88-570471 In order to increase the security of all company computing facilities, and to avoid the possibility of unauthorized use of these facilities, new rules are being put into effect concerning the selection of passwords. All users of computing facilities are instructed to change their passwords to conform to […]

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 […]

Russian Security Breach Revealed: What It Is and What You Need to Do

The headline in The New York Times is daunting, “Russian Hacking Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords”. Yes: BILLION! The story? It is being reported that a close knit group of Russian hackers have breached massive amounts of data. Here are the numbers: more than 420,000 websites have been harvested and data stolen from them, […]

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 […]

So far 375 million customer records compromised in 2014

We’ve reached the halfway point of the year and it’s a good time to evaluate the situation in data security so far in 2014. According to the numbers, the bad guys are having a bumper crop this year. The folks at Help Net Security have assembled their report for data breaches since January, and the […]

Chatting With Mauricio Estrella – Author of How A Password Changed My Life

Mauricio Estrella has become quite a celebrity over the past few weeks and rightfully so. In just one week, he received 800,000 views of his inspirational blog post How a Password Changed My Life. Since then, the blog has been carried by the likes of Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Daily Mail, Lifehacker and the […]

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 […]

National Geographic Presents The Perfect Password

We’ve been fans of National Geographic for as long as we can remember. We love the magazine and their wildlife documentaries! Just writing this brings up a picture in our mind of a pride of lions lounging in the hot sun of the Serengeti! Now we’ve come across this short video on creating the perfect […]