How to Test Your PC for the New "Superfish" Security Vulnerability

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here's what's going on and how to test if you're infected. » 2/19/15 2:24pm 2/19/15 2:24pm

Windows 10 Will Help Kill the Password for Good

A consortium of tech companies adopted a new standard in December intended to usher in a more secure future without the hassle of passwords. On Friday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will incorporate those specifications, enabling new biometric identification features like fingerprints and eye-scans. Good job,… » 2/16/15 4:10pm 2/16/15 4:10pm

How To Protect Your Information From The Internet

Do you know how much of your personal information is floating around? It's more than you think and very easy to find. Phone numbers, home addresses, email accounts. As my recent story about gamers who got swatted showed, anybody can become a target. You don't have to be someone with a million followers. Social… » 1/26/15 3:28pm 1/26/15 3:28pm

Smart Keyboard That Knows Who's Typing Could Make Passwords Stronger

If you've ever worked in an office with someone who types like a jackhammer, it's obvious we all type a little differently. Now scientists have created a prototype of a keyboard that can identify users by their unique typing patterns. It could point to a next generation of passwords that don't just take into account… » 1/21/15 1:40pm 1/21/15 1:40pm

If Your iCloud Password Is On This List, Change It Before You Get Hacked

Somebody just uploaded a password-hacking tool called iDict to GitHub that promises to use good old fashioned brute force techniques to crack iCloud passwords. The tool also claims to be able to evade Apple's rate-limiting and two-factor authentication security that's supposed to prevent brute force attacks. But it's … » 1/02/15 12:30pm 1/02/15 12:30pm

We Just Got One Step Closer to Killing the Password

The FIDO Alliance, whose members include everyone from Google to Samsung, just announced new password-free standards for regular and two-step authentication. In other words, the entire tech industry now has protocol for letting you sign into accounts without a password. Get ready for everything but typing out *****. » 12/09/14 1:55pm 12/09/14 1:55pm

Sony Kept Thousands of Passwords in a Folder Named "Password"

It's been a rough week for Sony execs (million-dollar salaries notwithstanding). And things are only going to get worse. Which would almost be enough to make you feel bad for the poor schmucks in IT—that is, until you realize that they hid their most sensitive password data under the label "Passwords." Go ahead and… » 12/04/14 12:38pm 12/04/14 12:38pm

The Common Mistakes That Make Your "Strong" Passwords Weak

By now, you probably think you know the drill when it comes to passwords: Avoid pet's names, mix up letters, change your password regularly, blah blah blah. We might think we're being clever, but according to State of the Net, the tricks we're using to make our passwords strong these days can actually make us more » 12/01/14 3:45pm 12/01/14 3:45pm

The FBI’s Most Wanted Cybercriminal’s Password? His Cat Chewy

Back in 2012, the FBI nabbed Jeremy Hammond, the most wanted cybercriminal in the country, at his home in Chicago. And until now, no one had any idea how the feds actually managed to decrypt the hard drive they found there. Turns out, it's pretty easy to break into a hacker's computer when your password is the name of… » 11/12/14 5:31pm 11/12/14 5:31pm

How Facebook Uses Leaked Passwords to Keep Your Account Safe

There's a reason you're not supposed to use same password for all of your accounts—large-scale data breachers are all too common. But in case you still refuse to abide by logic and reason (and many of us do), Facebook now uses those stolen-passwords-made-public to tell you what an idiot you're being. And to keep you… » 10/17/14 12:00pm 10/17/14 12:00pm