U.S. Gov't Changed Your HealthCare.gov Password Because of Heartbleed

Heartbleed, the gaping flaw that left the internet's security gate wide open for more than two years, is causing headaches for yet another site: the beleagured Healthcare.gov. The government says the site has not been compromised, but officials have reset all user passwords "out of an abundance of caution." Heartbleed's… » 4/19/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

LastPass Now Tells You Which Heartbleed-Affected Passwords to Change

This week, a giant security hole came to light that affects a large portion of the internet. As different sites recover, you'll need to change your passwords, and now LastPass tells you when to do so. » 4/10/14 8:53am 4/10/14 8:53am

Adorable 5-Year-Old Discovers Bonehead Xbox Vulnerability

Five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel's parents didn't want him getting into the grown-up games on the family's Xbox, so they put the gory stuff behind a password. But Kristoffer's an inquisitive little guy, and he blew right past the parental safeguard—and discovered a pretty silly Xbox security flaw in the process. » 4/04/14 11:13am 4/04/14 11:13am

A Key You Can Photograph Is A Key That Can Be Copied

If you take a picture of a car or house key, could you use that picture to get a copy made? Yes—quite trivially, actually. I have a folder on my laptop that is filled with photos people have taken of their keys and put onto the internet. Every few weeks, I take some idle time and associate one of those keys to an… » 2/13/14 4:20pm 2/13/14 4:20pm

Keep Your Precious Data Safe by Storing Passwords in Your Subconscious

Do you ever fear that, one day, data-hungry bandits will tie you to a chair and make you surrender your Facebook password? It's not an unreasonable fear, actually. Christopher Nolan made a gripping documentary about this very scenario. But, thanks to a new method developed by scientists from Stanford and Northwestern,… » 11/01/13 10:40am 11/01/13 10:40am

How to Break Into a Computer (and Prevent It from Happening to You)

Sometimes you need to get into a computer without knowing the password. Perhaps you've forgotten yours, or perhaps you're up to no good. Either way, it's actually pretty easy to do, provided your victim hasn't taken the necessary precautions. Click one of the links below to find out how to do it on either a Windows PC » 10/29/13 11:59am 10/29/13 11:59am