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 […]

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 […]

Sticky Password Users Safe From The New OpenSSL CCS Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2014-0224)

Just two months after the alarming Heartbleed Bug made headlines, a new OpenSSL vulnerability has been identified. Labeled as CVE-2014-0224, the new vulnerability is a CCS injection vulnerability that makes it possible for attackers to read communication sent between a client and server. This is known as a ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack, because the attacker is intercepting […]