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"Sound Proof" Could Kill Annoying Two-Step Authentication Codes

Whether your employer requires it or you’re just a paranoid stonewall of personal security, two-step authentication simply does a better job at protecting your online life. But it adds a bit of hassle, too. Now, researchers are testing how to use ambient noises in your environment to confirm your identity, instead of… » 8/17/15 12:40pm 8/17/15 12:40pm

MLB Teams Are Hacking Each Other's Dumb Passwords Now, Apparently

The FBI’s Houston office is conducting an investigation into an alleged cyberattack against the Houston Astros by the St. Louis Cardinals, according to a New York Times report today. It’s the first time a pro sports team has hacked a rival (or the first time they’ve gotten caught), and involves—surprise!—a terrible,… » 6/16/15 12:07pm 6/16/15 12:07pm

Edward Snowden Tells John Oliver How to Generate the Best Passphrases


On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, a long conversation with Edward Snowden wound up turning into advice on coming up with good passwords. The upshot? Passwords of 8 characters or less are basically crackable in seconds. And the best (memorable) password that Snowden could come up with was… » 4/09/15 1:44pm 4/09/15 1:44pm

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