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Why we choose terrible passwords, and how to fix them

The first Thursday in May is World Password Day, but don’t buy a cake or send cards. Computer chip maker Intel created the event as an annual reminder that, for most of us, our password habits are nothing to celebrate. Instead, they – and computer professionals like me – hope we will use this day to say our final goodbyes to “qwerty” and “123456,” which are still the most popular passwords. The pr...[Read More]

Why we should not know our own passwords

Since 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have been allowed to search electronic devices carried by citizens or noncitizens as they cross the border into the United States from other countries. More recently, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly suggested this digital vetting should also include harvesting social media passwords. Kelly’s proposal prompted legal and technology experts...[Read More]

Uber introduces driver selfies for security

In an effort to reduce fraud on driver accounts and reassure riders their driver is who the app claims they are, Uber has introduced a new security measure called “Real-Time ID” that requires drivers take a selfie from time to time. The whole process takes a few seconds, and if the selfie doesn’t match the details Uber has on file the driver account is temporarily blocked until U...[Read More]

Your brain is unique – here’s how it could be used as the ultimate security password

Biometrics – technology that can recognise individuals based on physical and behavioural traits such as their faces, voices or fingerprints – are becoming increasingly important to combat financial fraud and security threats. This is because traditional approaches, such as those based on PIN numbers or passwords, are proving too easily compromised. For example, Barclays has introduced TouchID, whe...[Read More]

Opera’s VPN app for Android: Privacy, security and vikings

We like online privacy. We dislike not being able to view content because it’s region locked. We like knowing the Wi-Fi connections we use are secure. We dislike being tracked by ad companies as we go about our business online. And vikings? Well, we really like vikings. All of which means we rather like Opera’s VPN app for Android that launched today. A VP-whatnow, you ask? A VPN, as i...[Read More]

BlackBerry has announced the “world’s most secure Android smartphone”, the DTEK50

BlackBerry has released the details of their latest handset, an Android smartphone that they’ve claimed is the “world’s most secure smartphone”. Meet the DTEK50, a 5.2-inch handset that looks… a lot more Android than BlackBerry, at least on the outside. And from the front. The rear seems to still have BlackBerry’s textured feel to it. What we’re looking at...[Read More]

The rise in cyber attacks shows we need to change the way we think about crime

You are now 20 times more likely to have your money stolen online by a criminal overseas than by a pickpocket or mugger in the street, according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics. The figures, revealed that almost 6m fraud and cyber crimes were committed in the past year in England and Wales alone – making it now the most common type of crime experienced by adults in the UK...[Read More]

There must be smarter security than a ban on ‘dumb’ passwords

In cyberspace we are facing password fatigue, caused by having to recall (seemingly) endless streams of (apparently) unrelated numbers and letters at odd times. One answer is to make those passwords longer and more incomprehensible. The logic here is that people have an unlimited capacity to remember such things, or perhaps they have an unquenchable desire to write passwords on yellow post-it note...[Read More]

Security risks in the age of smart homes

Smart homes, an aspect of the Internet of Things, offer the promise of improved energy efficiency and control over home security. Integrating various devices together can offer users easy programming of many devices around the home, including appliances, cameras and alarm sensors. Several systems can handle this type of task, such as Samsung SmartThings, Google Brillo/Weave, Apple HomeKit, Allseen...[Read More]

Is someone watching you online? The security risks of the Internet of Things

The range and number of “things” connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. They’re are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet. Internet of Things (IoT) devices typically incorporate sensors, switches and logging capabilities that collect and transmit data across the internet...[Read More]

New Android vulnerabilities could expose nearly all devices to hacks

Many of us view MMS messages throughout each and every week, but if you have an Android phone and the message comes from a malicious source, it could well make your device vulnerable to hackers. That’s according to Zimperium Mobile Security, whose researchers discovered a host of vulnerabilities within Stagefright, the media playback engine found within Android 2.2 and higher. Google surely ...[Read More]

SecurEnvoy’s NFC tech could make your Apple Watch your password

“There are only three ways to identify a person, namely: something you know such as a password or PIN; something you own such as a credit card or mobile phone; and something you are such as a fingerprint or retinal scan. The idea behind two-factor authentication is to bring two of these methods together to introduce a much stronger level of security.” So tells us SecurEnvoy co-founder Andy Kemshal...[Read More]

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