It's often said that the safest password you can have is one you don't know. Which is why so many password management programs create passwords for you that impossible for you to remember. But Microsoft is going a step further. They are enabling password-free access to more services through their Authenticator app.
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The password itself is crappy. It’s a fundamentally flawed mechanism for securing our accounts and data that should have died long ago. That means poorly crafted passwords are doubly bad. But with the release of iOS 12 and recent updates to Android, truly terrible passwords—your 123456, facebookpassw0rd, or dEadP3tsnAme—have lost all reason to exist.
There are a lot of fun new tricks in iOS 12. And if you’re big on security — who isn’t! — you’re going to love all the little password-themed features that Apple has dropped into its latest mobile operating system.
Chrome just celebrated its 10th birthday earlier this month, and even though it isn’t quite the super fast and lightweight web browser that made people fall in love with it a decade ago, Google hasn’t stopped trying to cram new features into Chrome.
To mark the 10th anniversary of its Chrome browser, Google is rolling out a substantial refresh of the browser, giving it a softer, rounder look and some neat new features. Most of the changes in Chrome version 69 are small quality-of-life tweaks, some of which are so subtle you might not even notice as part of Chrome’s new design.
Though they may not be life-changing, here are a few things worth checking out in the new Chrome experience.
Do you have any idea whether you’re “safe” online? Online security and privacy are complicated, and risks vary by person: You might worry about getting harassed, hacked, or your boss finding your terrible old blog posts and using them as an excuse to fire you. Crash Override’s Automated Cybersecurity Helper helps you secure your accounts according to your needs, and it guides you one step at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.
iOS: There are plenty of incredible password managers out there — 1Password and LastPass come to mind — but Mozilla has password-management aspirations of its own. The company just released two new new mobile apps as part of its Test Pilot program and one, Firefox Lockbox, is a pretty convenient way to pull up your passwords on your iPhone and iPad.
Mac: It's been a few years since we've seen AgileBits release a major update to its killer password management app, 1Password, which is why everyone's so excited about last week's debut of 1Password 7. This app should pretty much be a household name at this point, as it's one of the major password managers we recommend to create and store super-secure passwords and passphrases.
Netgear has warned customers that they have seen "suspicious activity" on user accounts associated with their Arlo security cameras. The company is very clear in saying they don't believe their systems have been breached. Rather, investigations suggest attackers may be using credentials obtained from other breaches and using those to attempt to gain unauthorised access to Arlo accounts. This is an object lesson in why you should use a unique password for every account and, preferably, use two-factor authentication on everything.
This week, password manager Dashlane analysed ten years' worth of passwords from public data breaches. The big lesson is, don't reuse passwords. Not even a little, not even with a "formula". Password formulas are easy to hack. And even your bullshit accounts deserve strong, unique passwords.
Every time we write about passwords on Lifehacker, a few readers share their secret formula for creating passwords. According to Ryan Merchant, senior manager at the password manager Dashlane, those formulas are easy to hack.
Cisco has released a bunch of security advisories with three of them rated at the company's highest level of criticality. Those three vulnerabilities, relating to Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center, include a backdoor account and two static username and password combinations that could allow someone to bypass the authentication system for Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center.
Last week, Twitter revealed that it had accidentally stored some user passwords in plain text, and thus suggested that all users change their Twitter password. It was bad. But honestly not that bad, according to Tristan Bolton, founder of enterprise cloud provider BoltonSmith. We talked to him about how it might have happened, and how it could have been worse.
If you're anything like the average web user, you probably have a staggering number of online logins, each with their own unique passwords to boot. And, while it's beneficial to change up your credentials, keeping track of your passwords from site to site can get hairy when there are dozens to remember.
There really is a day for everything and today we celebrate the humble password. This annual event, which seems to have slipped past the notice of the trendy people on the social pages of your local newspaper, takes place on the first Thursday in May each year. And it must be special because it even has its own website. But, seriously, passwords remain important so it's worth giving them some extra thought and, perhaps, planning for their demise.
Having to remember dozens, or even hundreds of passwords could become a thing of the past. The W3C has published a new API, that is at the Release Candidate stage, that will let web browsers use biometric information stored in smartphones. Chrome, Edge and Firefox will be supporting Webauthn, with Chrome and Firefox announcing support will be part of the releases made in May this year.