Password Security

350,000 Spotify Passwords Stolen, Left in an Unprotected Database screenshot

350,000 Spotify Passwords Stolen, Left in an Unprotected Database

A group of bad actors stored around 350,000 illegally obtained Spotify account passwords on a server without encryption or any sort of protection. The data was not procured in a breach of Spotify's user databases but... Read more

November 27, 2020
2020 Is Not Over Yet, but We Already Know Your Favorite Passwords screenshot

2020 Is Not Over Yet, but We Already Know Your Favorite Passwords

Just like every past year, the info security community completed its end-of-year evaluation of password practices and user habits. Sadly, the overview for 2020 is not particularly encouraging. There is a large amount... Read more

November 23, 2020
Here's Why Microsoft Wants You to Stop Using SMS and Voice-Based Authentication screenshot

Here's Why Microsoft Wants You to Stop Using SMS and Voice-Based Authentication

In a recent blog post Alex Weinart, Microsoft's director of Identity Security, expressed an opinion that may seem a bit controversial at first glance. Weinart argued that SMS and voice-based multi-factor... Read more

November 19, 2020
Millennial Employees Are the Worst at Reusing Work Passwords screenshot

Millennial Employees Are the Worst at Reusing Work Passwords

A new study shows that US employees still reuse passwords a lot. The data also highlights that the issue is most prevalent among millennial employees. The data was published by Visual Objects and it outlines a very... Read more

November 19, 2020
What Are Password Rules and How to Follow Them Safely? screenshot

What Are Password Rules and How to Follow Them Safely?

There are a lot of guidelines and good practices that can help you create a better password. However, a research team the Carnegie Mellon University, led by professor Lorrie Cranor, is challenging and redefining some... Read more

November 17, 2020
What Is Keystroke Inference and How Can It Be Used to Steal Passwords? screenshot

What Is Keystroke Inference and How Can It Be Used to Steal Passwords?

While it may sound a bit like science fiction or a fantasy hacker movie, Forbes actually recently covered a research paper that examines how hackers can use a method to steal your passwords using simple footage like a... Read more

November 16, 2020
How Machine Learning Helps Against Password Spraying Attacks screenshot

How Machine Learning Helps Against Password Spraying Attacks

Machine learning is a term that is being tossed around a lot in recent years, in various contexts. In late October 2020, Microsoft announced a new "credential compromise detection" tool added to its arsenal that uses... Read more

November 4, 2020
Sharing Is Caring, but if You Share Your Passwords, They Are No Longer Safe screenshot

Sharing Is Caring, but if You Share Your Passwords, They Are No Longer Safe

A late 2020 study conducted among citizens of the United Kingdom shows that a disturbing amount of people share their passwords for services such as Netflix. The study was specifically looking at streaming services... Read more

October 30, 2020
Stop Using Your Mobile Device as a Password Vault screenshot

Stop Using Your Mobile Device as a Password Vault

With the variety of ways to secure and lock your phone, including biometrics, a lot of people are starting to treat their mobile phone as a secure vault for all their personal information. This often includes banking... Read more

October 30, 2020
Did Trump Use 'maga2020!' as His Twitter Password? screenshot

Did Trump Use 'maga2020!' as His Twitter Password?

In late October 2020, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers claimed he breached President Donald Trump's Twitter account. To achieve this, Gevers says he did not resort to any white-hat hacker magic, he simply... Read more

October 28, 2020
Emails and Encrypted Passwords of Albion Online Forum Users Were Stolen screenshot

Emails and Encrypted Passwords of Albion Online Forum Users Were Stolen

Albion Online, a relatively popular online massively multiplayer online RPG, suffered a data breach in late October. Sandbox Interactive, the game's German developer, announced the breach on Oct 17. The game's... Read more

October 22, 2020
Barnes & Noble Customers Urged to Change Passwords After Data Breach screenshot

Barnes & Noble Customers Urged to Change Passwords After Data Breach

The world's largest brick and mortar bookshop, Barnes & Noble, reported a security breach in its digital platform. The company was made aware of the issue on October 10. Barnes & Noble customers received an... Read more

October 20, 2020
Victims of the 2020 Virgin Media Data Breach May Be Eligible for up to £5,000 screenshot

Victims of the 2020 Virgin Media Data Breach May Be Eligible for up to £5,000

Consumer action law firm Your Lawyers has launched a claim against Virgin Media in relation to the data breach that took place in early 2020. The group action claim is for up to a staggering 4.5 billion British... Read more

October 19, 2020
Poor Password Management Has Led to the Hacking of 50,000 Home Cameras in Singapore screenshot

Poor Password Management Has Led to the Hacking of 50,000 Home Cameras in Singapore

Over 50,000 home security cameras have been hacked and a huge amount of footage has been stolen and put up online. The majority of the hacked cameras are located in Singapore. The hacking incident involved thousands... Read more

October 13, 2020
Android and iOS Users Will Get Password Alerts From Google Chrome screenshot

Android and iOS Users Will Get Password Alerts From Google Chrome

Google is rolling out new security alerts to its Chrome browser for mobile devices. The new update will affect devices running Chrome under both Android and iOS. The new browser features are aimed at increasing... Read more

October 13, 2020
What Is Spyware and How Can It Threaten Your Passwords? screenshot

What Is Spyware and How Can It Threaten Your Passwords?

There are a surprisingly large number of different malware categories and different types of malware out there. Watching too many movies and series about hackers, you might only associate malicious software with the... Read more

October 12, 2020
App Misconfigurations Are a Growing Security Threat That Endangers Passwords screenshot

App Misconfigurations Are a Growing Security Threat That Endangers Passwords

Many retailers are shifting from simple websites to the so-called web apps or websites with desktop or mobile applications' functionality. Unfortunately, web apps' growing demand and functionality makes developers... Read more

October 12, 2020
Shockingly, People Continue to Reuse Online Banking Passwords screenshot

Shockingly, People Continue to Reuse Online Banking Passwords

How many unique passwords do you have? And how many accounts that require passwords for authentication do you have? Ideally, these numbers would be the same because every account needs a unique password.... Read more

October 9, 2020