Passwords

  • Psst… it’s still okay to share your Netflix password

    Psst… it’s still okay to share your Netflix password

    A Federal Appeals Court this month issued a ruling that makes password-sharing a federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That has given many Americans pause, as sharing passwords to online services like Netflix and HBO GO is a fairly common activity these days — and now, thanks to the verdict, one that breaks federal law. But don’t panic just yet: Netflix is still… Read More

  • Oops! Wearables can leak your PINs and passwords

    Oops! Wearables can leak your PINs and passwords

    The security nightmare posed by the Internet of Things isn’t just related to the lack of expertise in the types of companies adding connectivity to gizmos and gadgets. It’s the sensitivity of the connected sensors, strewn hither and thither, opening up potential attack vectors for determined hackers. Hence the need for really robust security thinking to lock down the risks. Read More

  • Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet

    Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet

    You might not have thought of – much less visited – Myspace in years. (Yes, it’s still around. Time, Inc. acquired it and other properties when it bought Viant earlier this year.) But user data never really dies, unfortunately. For Myspace’s new owner, that’s bad news, as the company confirmed just ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S., that it… Read More

  • Password management startup Dashlane, now with 5M users, raises $22.5M led by TransUnion

    Password management startup Dashlane, now with 5M users, raises $22.5M led by TransUnion

    Dashlane, the New York startup that provides a platform for users to manage their passwords and online identities across multiple sites and apps, has raised a further $22.5 million in funding and picked up a key strategic investor and partner in the process. TransUnion, a credit monitoring and ID protection company, led a Series C round, and it will use the deal to develop services with… Read More

  • Passwords May Soon Be Passé Crunch Network

    Passwords May Soon Be Passé

    The early January theft of more than 320,000 user emails and passwords from cable giant Time Warner Cable gave validation to the argument that simple password authentication is becoming less and less reliable. But the Time Warner Cable hack is far from being the worst case of identity theft. In fact, it’s quite insignificant compared to some of the more severe cases we’ve seen in… Read More

  • LogMeIn Acquires Password Management Software LastPass For $110 Million

    LogMeIn Acquires Password Management Software LastPass For $110 Million

    With an increasing number of data breaches putting users’ personal information at risk, a company that helps online users better manage their account information with various websites and services, as well as help customers run security checks on their accounts, seems like it would have the potential for serious growth. That’s what remote access software maker LogMeIn is hoping… Read More

  • This Could Be The Year Of The University Hack Crunch Network

    This Could Be The Year Of The University Hack

    You’re a college freshman relishing in your newfound freedom. You wake up in your cramped dorm room, roll over and grab your laptop to check Facebook — but when you type in your password, it’s rejected. Slightly annoyed, you pull on some clothes, grab your backpack and head to the local coffee shop, where your credit card is promptly declined. Frazzled and in desperate need… Read More

  • Ashley Madison Hack Latest Reminder Stupid Passwords Are Stupid

    Ashley Madison Hack Latest Reminder Stupid Passwords Are Stupid

    The recent hack of extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison, which resulted in data from millions of accounts being dumped online, has one more salutary yet familiar lesson to deliver: even very well encrypted stupid passwords are still stupid. Read More