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  1. NCSC: Using your pet’s name as a password is very stupid If your email password is still Rex, Rover or Mr Fluffles, it’s probably best to change it, the NCSC has said The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a fresh warning over the dangers of using easily hackable passwords, ahead of National Pet Day, which falls on 11 April. This comes as a study conducted on behalf of the NCSC by Kantar and OnLineBus found that 15% of Brits are using their pet’s name as a password to protect their online accounts – with family members’ names, signifi
  2. More than half of US employees write passwords on sticky notes According to a new study, 57 percent of American employees are currently writing down work-related passwords on sticky notes, leading to significant cybersecurity risk. In addition, the report from Keeper Security shows 66 percent have lost these sticky notes in the past, making it difficult to know who ultimately has access to sensitive company information. The trend for writing down passwords has increased in the remote work era, as most workers (66 percent) say they're more likely
  3. Microsoft is working on Password Import option for its Edge browser Microsoft is working in a password import option for its Edge web browser. Current versions of the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge -- the classic version is retired this month -- support exporting passwords to CSV files, but lack options to import passwords from CSV files. Users who want to import passwords into Edge, e.g. from a password manager or another copy of the browser that runs on a different machine, face difficulties in current versions of the web browser. While y
  4. Microsoft Authenticator app can now import passwords from Chrome In December Microsoft announced the public preview of password management and autofill feature in Microsoft Authenticator app. Like any password management app, Authenticator app will help you autofill strong passwords for any sites you visit. These passwords will be synced across mobile devices and desktops. And you can autofill them when required. On desktop, you can use the saved passwords with Microsoft Edge and the new Google Chrome extension. Today Microsoft Authenticator Beta o
  5. You can now sync your passwords between your iPhone and Windows 10 Apple has just made a big hole in their walled garden by launching a browser extension for Chrome and Edge which allows users to sync their website passwords from Safari in the iPhone and Mac to Chrome or Edge on Windows 10 and back again. This extends the iOS ecosystem somewhat to Windows and reduces the friction between being a dual Apple and Windows citizen. Apple describes the extension as such: iCloud Passwords allows you to use the same strong Safari passwords you create on your
  6. Microsoft Edge will now let you know if your password is compromised Yesterday, Microsoft announced a bunch of new features coming to its Edge browser, including sidebar search, history sync, and more. Another nifty capability coming to the browser is Password Monitor, which alerts you if you are using unsafe credentials. The service began rolling out to Insiders back in June 2020 and is now being made available to the general public in Edge 88. Microsoft has detailed the feature in a dedicated blog post. Password Monitor is the outcome of collabo
  7. Google to add new password protection features in Chrome 88 Google announced today that it is rolling out new capabilities that will allow you to control your passwords. The new updates will be released as part of Chrome 88. One of the new capabilities will let you identify and replace weak passwords with stronger ones. To get started, after you have received the Chrome 88 update, you can simply check your password strength by clicking on the key icon below your profile image. Alternatively, you can type chrome://settings/passwords in the address bar to jum
  8. Microsoft: 2021 is the year passwords die Microsoft has been a proponent of passwordless technology for quite some time, saying that it wants traditional and unsafe passwords to die. To that end, it has invested in various solutions over the past few years such as Windows Hello, Microsoft Authenticator, FIDO2 security keys, and a palm vein authentication system, among other things. Now, the company has highlighted the strides it made to kill off passwords in 2020, and has stated that it plans to make them a thing of the past for all its customers in 2021.
  9. You may soon save Chrome passwords to your Google Account, even if Sync is disabled Google is testing a new feature in the company's Chrome web browser currently that allows Chrome users to save passwords in Chrome to a Google Account; this will work even if sync is not enabled in the browser. Google Chrome supports saving passwords locally regardless of sign-in state of the user or sync-state. The option is enabled by default and users may disable it, e.g. when they are using a password manager to save passwords. Chrome users may sign-in to the
  10. Chrome has a new way to warn you about weak passwords The browser's Safety Check tool gets an important upgrade (Image credit: Shutterstpck) Google Chrome is getting an update that will warn you if any of your passwords are particularly weak, so you can change them before disaster strikes. We all have a huge number of online accounts these days. From email accounts, social media and accounts with online stores, this means we all have a massive number of passwords to remember. To make life easier, web browsers ha
  11. Do you track your ex’s real time location? One in four Americans do. In our tech-first a world is full digital transparency between couples actually required in a relationship? And how dangerous could our oversharing be? If you are in a relationship, but are not married, do you share your passwords with your significant other? It seems that most Americans do. A recent survey by British Virgin Islands-based VPN service provider ExpressVPN asked 1,506 American adults in an exclusive (non-married) relationship to find out their password shar
  12. Microsoft takes the fight to Chrome with improved password protection in Edge Password warnings are becoming more prominent and useful (Image credit: Shutterstock) Microsoft is introducing a new security feature to its Edge web browser that will let users know if any of their passwords have been involved in a security breach. While this is not an entirely new feature, the way in which warnings are displayed is changing. Should Edge's Password Monitor tool determine that a password has been compromised, the warning will n
  13. Company said it received a batch of compromised credentials related to the 2015 hack via its bug bounty program. Slack published more details about a password reset operation that ZDNet reported earlier today. According to a statement the company published on its website, the password reset operation is related to the company's 2015 security breach. In March 2015, Slack said hackers gained access to some Slack infrastructure, including databases storing user credentials. Hackers stole hashed passwords, but they also planted code on the co
  14. With credential stuffing attacks running rampant, TripAdvisor will invalidate a member's password if their email and password were found in publicly leaked data breach databases. A friend received an email from TripAdvisor.com yesterday and was concerned that it was a phishing email because it stated their email address and password were found in a "lists of publicly leaked passwords". Due to that, the company invalidated their password and they would need to reset it before they can login again. TripAdvisor Email (Click to Enlarge) While receiv
  15. If you lost all passwords in Firefox, read this! Reports are coming in by Firefox users from all over the world that saved passwords are no longer available when they start the web browser. Firefox, just like any other modern browser, supports the saving of authentication information to improve the sign-in process on websites. Instead of having to enter the passwords manually each time they are requested, Firefox would provide the password when needed. Firefox saves the data in the file logins.json in the Firefox profile folder. Repo
  16. An 87GB dump of email addresses and passwords containing almost 773 million unique addresses and just under 22 million unique passwords has been found. Almost 773 million unique email addresses and just under 22 million unique passwords were found to be hosted on cloud service MEGA. In a blog post, security researcher Troy Hunt said the collection totalled over 12,000 separate files and more than 87GB of data. The data, dubbed Collection #1, is a set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows that has allegedly come from
  17. Coinomi wallet bug sends users' secret passphrases to Google's Spellcheck API via HTTP, in plaintext. The Coinomi wallet app sends user passwords to Google's spellchecking service in clear text, exposing users' accounts and their funds to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks during which attackers can log passwords and later empty accounts. The issue came to light yesterday after an angry write-up by Oman-based programmer Warith Al Maawali who discovered it while investigating the mysterious theft of 90 percent of his funds. Al Maawali says that during the
  18. Edge's Password Monitor feature begins rolling out to Insiders Back in March, Microsoft announced a bunch of features coming to its Edge browser, including vertical tabs, Collections for the mobile client, and more. Another feature was Password Monitor, a nifty tool in the browser that scans users’ saved passwords against a database of “known breached credentials” to ascertain if the passwords face the risk of being compromised. Now, the company has announced (spotted by Techdows) that the tool is rolling out to users running Insider builds of the Edge browse
  19. 38,000 people forced to pick up email passwords in person Malware and legal requirements force academics and students to join a near-endless line in order to pick up their passwords Usually, if you forget your password or need to change it for other reasons, getting a new one is a straightforward process that involves a few clicks. Now imagine you would have to prove your identity and retrieve your password in person. Don’t rush to laugh this off as a bizarre fantasy, as thousands of students and faculty members at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in Ger
  20. Firefox 76 will password protect all your saved passwords Mozilla will begin protecting users’ saved passwords with a master password with the release of Firefox 76 later this year. It's is already part of the latest Nightly builds but most users will begin using the feature from May 5 if the company sticks to its existing release schedule. With more people accessing sensitive services such as bank accounts online, this move makes sense. As it stands right now, if you leave your computer unlocked, anyone with access to your computer can head to th
  21. Google is on a mission to stop you from reusing passwords It’s adding its Password Checkup tool to the Security Checkup dashboard Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge “Passwords are one of the worst things on the internet,” Mark Risher, Google’s senior director for account security, identity, and abuse told The Verge. Though they’re essential for security and to help people log in to many apps and websites, “they’re one of the primary, if not the primary, ways that people actually end up getting compromised.”
  22. Attackers gained access to some AdGuard accounts but company can't tell how many. AdGuard, a popular ad blocker for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac, has reset all user passwords, the company's CTO Andrey Meshkov announced today. The company took this decision after suffering a brute-force attack during which an unknown attacker tried to log into user accounts by guessing their passwords. Meshkov said the attacker used emails and passwords that were previously leaked into the public domain after breaches at other companies. This type of attack
  23. Microsoft has released the public preview of a new Azure Active Directory tool that will help admins kill off bad passwords in the enterprise. The tool, called Azure AD Password Protection, offers a new way of protecting Azure AD and Windows Server Active Directory accounts from users with bad password habits. The tool contains a list of 500 of the most commonly used passwords and helps blocks a million more that contain character-based variations on these bad passwords. That means since 'password' is already blocked, users won't be able to set their password to '[email protected]
  24. Firefox may soon ask for the Windows Password to interact with saved passwords Mozilla plans to introduce a change to the password management system of the organization's Firefox web browser on Windows that improves the security of the data. Firefox users may save logins using native password management capabilities. Passwords may also be imported from other web browsers installed on the device Firefox is installed or run on, or my syncing data between Firefox instances. The Firefox password manager, recently relaunched as Firefox Lockwise, will promp
  25. Forum cracks the vintage passwords of Ken Thompson and other Unix pioneers Security in the early days of Unix was poor. Then, there were the passwords. Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty As one of the original versions of Unix, BSD is an ancient operating system. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it used what are, by today’s standards, strange, even ridiculous security. For one, the hashing function protecting passwords, though state of the art 40 years ago, is now trivial to crack. Stranger still, the password hashes of so
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