One of the primary vehicles used by bad guys to access our systems is stealing log-in credentials in order to impersonate real users. All the security processes and tools in the world are circumvented when someone has your username and password. That's where two-factor authentication (2FA) comes into play. 2FA works by adding another authentication challenge to the equation. It's not just about what you know - your password, it's also about something you have. That's where the authenticator apps from Microsoft and Google come into play.
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The recent HipChat breach served as a timely reminder — always be vigilant when it comes to site security. Sadly, some companies are a little... loose when it comes to hardening their online presence and others even go to the extreme of — unintentionally — handing the bad guys the keys. Here are some examples that'll have you wincing in your chair.
The majority of Australians still suck at password creation. Chances are, you either use a bunch of different passwords that are easy to remember (and therefore, easy to crack) or one "tricky" password that you use for everything. From a security perspective, both are terrible options.
If you fall into one of the flimsy camps above, this in-depth infographic will help turn your email into a digital Fort Knox. It contains a multitude of tips consolidated into one image - including essential dos and dont's.
Using a password manager is basically internet security 101 these days, but that doesn't make them any less intimidating. If you've never used a password manager, they're annoying, cumbersome to use, and baffling at a glance. 1Password is one of the easiest to use options around, but that doesn't mean you don't need some help setting it up.
Last week, news got out that two prisoners in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction were caught with a few hacked together computers hidden in the ceiling above a closet. What'd they do with these computers? Aside from obviously downloading porn, they were also laying down a wide variety of scams and hacks.
Most parents wish they had more time to spend with their kids. They also waste untold hours staring at their smartphones. It doesn't take a child genius to see the connection here. If you spend a chunk of every weekend checking social media apps and surfing the web, it might be time to put your children in charge of your mobile devices.
Here's a novel solution. This weekend, let your kids reset the password or parental lock on your phone - without watching them do it.
As we've established time and again, your clever tricks aren't protecting your password. If you or someone you know uses Bible references as a password, that trick is pretty easy to crack, too.
Chrome: We've mentioned time and time again that Chrome's password manager is not very secure, but it was never very easy to actually heed that advice unless you wanted to start over from scratch. Ghacks points to an experimental feature where you can enable the option to export passwords.
Passwords are the go-to for protecting our online accounts, but they’re not exactly reliable or convenient—especially when you have 20 of them to remember. Fortunately, there’s an easier way to manage your online security, and its name is True Key.
There’s got to be an easier way to remember all your passwords than keeping them on a Post-it that inevitably gets lost. And there is: Sticky Password Premium.
If you haven't got around to completing the Australian Census yet, you need to do it right now. From September 23, census holdouts will start to receive less-than-friendly visits from the ABS. If you don't have a sufficient excuse for not submiting the form, you could face penalties of up to $180 per day. If you've forgotten your Census login code, are concerned about privacy or have no idea what's going on, here's what you need to know.
Video: Password managers are an easy way to improve your password security. If you've ever wanted a physical device that could hold passwords instead, Adafruit has you covered.
There was a time when all it took to be a great password manager was to keep your passwords in an encrypted vault. Now the best password managers give you the option to sync or keep passwords local-only, change web passwords with a click, and log in to sites for you automatically. This week, we're looking at five of the best options.
If you've been using Dropbox for over four years and you haven't changed your password since then, then two things are true. One, you haven't been reading Lifehacker very long. More importantly, two: Dropbox is about to make you change it.