Did you know that Facebook, Apple, or Google don't know your password? They just don't store it in their databases so hackers can't retrieve it in case they manage to break in. But if you're the only person who actually knows your password... how the hell do they know you are typing the right password to let you in?
Until recently, the Delhi police department in India had been enjoying a baffling long streak totally free of complaints. Of course, it's a lot easier to keep a clean slate when you never check the complaint database in the first place. Because someone lost the password. Eight years ago.
When hackers break into the databases of the great and good—like Adobe—they're often left with an encrypted password and an unencrypted password hint. In other words, a giant, modern version of a crossword puzzle.
A new way of verifying you’re a real person and not a spam machine might eliminate the chore of typing phrases like “beetle sausage” and so on, with a start-up looking to gamify the art of verifying you’re a human.
A hack has exposed the e-mail addresses and login details for every registered user of the Ubuntu Forums—that's almost 2 million accounts. Time to change your password.
BlackBerrys used to be known for bulletproof security: the go-to device for business because you could guarantee it'd stay locked down and secure. Even if no one really wants a BlackBerry anymore, RIM's carrying on in that vein. BlackBerry 10 will stop you being an idiot, and using a whole load of dumb passwords.
Nuance's voice recognition software already crops up in plenty of places—most famously to power Siri, but also in standalone app Dragon Go!, some smart TVs, and even cars. Now, though, Nuance is planning to have its software power each and every app you use.
In mid-July, Dropbox users reported receiving spam in email accounts created exclusively for the service. Now, the company has admitted that, while it wasn't hacked, the problem was the result of a security breach.
Phandroid has announced that a hacker has recently accessed its user database, making off with usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords—and the problem looks like it could affect all of its one million-plus users.
Hacking collective D33Ds Company has posted login details for more than 453,000 user accounts that it claims to have retrieved in plaintext from an unconfirmed service on Yahoo.
Most secure services ask users for some personal details to generate security questions. Some of the classics you can do little about—but humor news site NewsBiscuit amusingly points out that pet names can, and should, be changed on a regular basis in the interests of security.
As part of a new security initiative, Facebook wants your phone number. It claims that it will help you recover your account in the event of an emergency—but should you hand it over?
With a recent Lion security update which was part of Mac OS X 10.7.3, Apple managed to roll out a debug file that—with some very specific configurations—can leave passwords stored in a log file in clear text.
Another day, another technology giant hacked. This time, it's Microsoft's Indian web store that's been attacked by the EvilShadow team. The big problem: Microsoft was storing passwords as plain text.
HTC has acknowledged that a software flaw on some of its Android phones means that they openly offer security credentials across the Wi-Fi networks they connect to.
Losing your password isn't funny. Well, it's not funny to you. To the rest of us, it can be hilarious. The sort of point-and-laugh hilarity that comes from losing access to a dating site right when you find the perfect girl. Comic artists have taken the pain, monotony, and humiliation of dealing with passwords and…
It's the social media sites that do you in. A Close Friend—capital C, capital F—posts a link to a video that piques your interest. Click. Suddenly you're asked to sign back into Facebook. What happens next? You give some hacker or spambot your password, and your whole digital life is at risk.