Create an Ultra-Secure, Easy-to-Remember Passphrase Using Dice

So you replaced the letter "e" with "3" and capitalized a random letter, and now you think your password is secure? Nope. Hackers (and the NSA) know those tricks, too. That's why you should use this crazy dice technique to create a practically unbreakable passphrase. » 3/27/15 11:20am Friday 11:20am

Man, It's Still So Easy to Fool Facial Recognition Software 

Passwords suck, so why not replace them with facial recognition? Because facial recognition software still kind of sucks, too, as Dan Moren discovered in Popular Science after a little craft project easily fooled his bank app. » 3/18/15 5:15pm 3/18/15 5:15pm

The Most Common Numbers in 10 Million Passwords

The primary purpose of a password is to serve as an unique verification identifier for a given user. Ideally, the password for a given website or service should be both random and unique; if the letters and/or numbers in the password follow any patterns, then they might be easier to guess by an intruder. For … » 2/24/15 3:55pm 2/24/15 3:55pm

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

What To Do If You Lose the Master Password to Your Password Manager

Using a password manager is smart security. That’s nothing new. However, the best password managers keep your credentials locked behind a single "master" password that only you know. But what happens if you lose that master password? » 2/18/15 11:57am 2/18/15 11:57am

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

One Simple Way to Protect Yourself in the Age of Password Dumps

In the last couple of hours three prominent social media accounts have been hacked: The Twitter accounts of Newsweek and Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, as well as the Facebook account of Delta Airlines. And there's more. » 2/10/15 6:35pm 2/10/15 6:35pm

Get 2GB Extra Google Drive Space Just By Checking Your Security Settings

Want 2 GB of extra space in your Google Drive account? Today, Google will give it to you for free, just for doing something you should be doing anyway: Reviewing your security. » 2/10/15 10:50am 2/10/15 10:50am

A Researcher Just Published 10 Million Real Passwords and Usernames 

Security consultant Mark Burnett has just published 10 million passwords along with their corresponding usernames. It's a thoughtful offering to other researchers—but a legally risky move given the current legal situation surrounding hacking. » 2/10/15 7:30am 2/10/15 7:30am

Here's Why Your Bank Account Is Less Secure Than Your Gmail

When I log into gmail, the system texts me a one-time key which I use to verify that it's me trying to get in and not some jerk who got my login info from a password dump. You'd think my bank would have the same level of protection to make sure bad guys can't get a good whiff of my money. Nope. » 2/04/15 4:33pm 2/04/15 4:33pm

Lifehacker Faceoff: The Best Password Managers, Compared

You have a ton of options for password managers, but when it comes to your security, you want the best possible tool for the job. Let's take a look at some of the most popular password managers and compare them side-by-side so you can pick the one that's right for you. » 1/30/15 1:00pm 1/30/15 1:00pm

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

The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2014: We're All Doomed

It's 2015 and it would be nice to think that people had learned what makes a good password by now. They haven't. And this list of the 25 most popular passwords of 2014—maybe also make that the worst—proves it. » 1/20/15 8:06am 1/20/15 8:06am

Here Are Some Dummies Giving Jimmy Kimmel Their Passwords on National TV

Even though we all know better, and because we are a horrible, self-loathing species, human beings will forever insist on using insecure, awful passwords. Awful passwords that, apparently, we are more than happy to broadcast on national television. » 1/16/15 12:03pm 1/16/15 12:03pm

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

The Tech That Will Kill Passwords Dead

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