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

Passwords are broken. Most people pick crappy passwords, and that inevitably leads to trouble.(We're looking at you Sony Pictures.) Good passwords are basically impossible to remember. Heck, even the dude who invented passwords thinks they're a total nightmare. The time to kill the password is overdue, and thankfully… » 12/04/14 2:30pm 12/04/14 2:30pm

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

It's Time to Enable Two-Step Authentication on Everything. Here’s How.

Yesterday's news that hackers might've stolen some 7 million Dropbox credentials should've scared you into changing your password. And if you didn't already have two-step authentication enabled on your account, it should be pretty good reminder that you need to turn it on for every account possible. » 10/14/14 3:46pm 10/14/14 3:46pm

Change Your Password: Hackers Claim Hundreds of Dropbox Passwords Leaked

Reddit users are claiming that several Pastebin files containing hundreds of Dropbox users' usernames and passwords have been leaked. Change your password just in case and activate two-factor authentication if you haven't already. Update: Dropbox claims that their servers have not been breached and this info was… » 10/13/14 11:15pm 10/13/14 11:15pm

How to Find Long-Lost Passwords Hiding In Your Browser

Wait just a second before clicking that 'Forgot password?' link—chances are that your browser has your password stored somewhere in the depths of its memory. Head to your browser's cache of login details if you can't recall your credentials, or you're signing in on a new device altogether. » 9/26/14 1:59pm 9/26/14 1:59pm

iCloud's Two-Step Authentication Is Back and Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing—and a highly publicized, unfortunately timed security breach—iCloud's two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica. » 9/16/14 6:40pm 9/16/14 6:40pm

Should Your Family Get Access To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

It's a question that will eventually—hopefully not soon!—confront you, me, and every other person reading this: Should our loved ones gain access to our digital lives, from email to Instagram to financial accounts, after we die? A cadre of state-appointed lawyers are creating a bill that would allow for just that. » 7/16/14 12:56pm 7/16/14 12:56pm

Hackers Are Using Find My iPhone to Hold iOS Devices for Ransom

A strange rash of virtual iPhone kidnappings in Australia recently spread to the United States, and boy, are they strange. Hackers appear to be using Find My iPhone to lock iOS devices remotely, and then demanding a ransom to unlock them. Said ransom is payable through PayPal. You should not pay it. » 5/27/14 1:13pm 5/27/14 1:13pm

You Need to Change Your Ebay Password Right Now

On Wednesday, Ebay will ask all users to change their passwords due to a massive cyberattack that hit the encrypted password database. The company says that no financial data that was compromised, and there's no evidence of unauthorized user activity. Either way, you can change your Ebay password right here. » 5/21/14 9:41am 5/21/14 9:41am