passwords

What We Can Learn From The Biggest Corporate Hacks

The past few years have seen an absurd amount of companies getting hacked, from simple passwords to entire databases of email. Wen we’re affected by these hacks, we look for someone to blame — but we rarely stop to look at our own lives and see what we can learn from these companies’ mistakes.


Don't Use Personal Information In Your Wi-Fi Network Name

Routers often come with easy-to-guess passwords out of the box, which is why you always need to change the default settings. For the wireless network name, many people choose something easy to remember, like your name or your address. If you use that personal information for the network name, you might make a hacker’s job easier.


Ask LH: What Happens If I Use Two-Factor Authentication And Lose My Phone?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve heard that I need to enable two-factor authentication on my phone, but it seems risky. What happens if I lose my phone? Will I lose my entire account? And if I change phones, how do I move the authenticator to a new device?


Replace A Lost Apple ID Recovery Key Before You're Locked Out

Apple’s two-factor authentication relies on a Recovery Key when you get locked out, and you can’t access your account if it’s hacked without that key. The Next Web learnt this the hard way.


LastPass Can Now Automatically Change Your Passwords

LastPass just announced a new feature for the password manager that automatically changes your password for sites when a hack is reported.


Dashlane Password Changer Can Change Hacked Passwords With One Click

Every week it seems there’s a new hack. Using a password manager is important, but changing passwords can still be a pain. Dashlane’s new Password Changer takes the hassle away by letting you click once to change a hacked site’s password to a new, strong one, and save it in your vault.


The Sony Lesson: Don't Store Passwords In A Text File Called 'Passwords'

Sony has been in the news all week after its corporate servers were comprehensively hacked. But it’s hard to give the electronics giant a pass mark for security when it turns out that staff were storing passwords in unencrypted files with names like ‘Master Password List’.


FingerKey Unlocks Your Mac Using TouchID

iOS/Mac: Sick of typing in your password to unlock your Mac? FingerKey allows you to unlock your Mac using your iPhone’s TouchID.


PSN, 2K And Windows Live Allegedly Hacked, Change Your Passwords Now

Another day, another password leak. This time it’s PlayStation Network, 2K Games and Windows Live — three years after the last PSN compromise. CNET and Geek.com report that hacker group DerpTrolling claim to have seven million logins and 500,000 credit card data — including Twitter and Facebook.


Change Your IP Webcam's Default Password, If You Haven't Already

Most of us are good about actively changing the passwords we use on a regular basis, but if you have an IP webcam that’s constantly connected to the internet, it’s important to take its security into account too. Make sure you’re using a strong password, and you change it regularly. One web site is live streaming from 73,000 cameras worldwide to prove it, so if you haven’t, change yours now.