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Choosing Secure Passwords through Poetry

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Users and security researchers have long struggled with the problem of coming up with passwords that are both easy to remember and difficult to crack. Two computational linguists from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have come up with a unique … Continue reading

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The Danger of Default Passwords

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Many Internet-connected devices and services, such as routers, webcams, and databases, initially come with default usernames and passwords to allow new users to easily log into and configure a product. Many people neglect the important step of changing the default login information, leaving them vulnerable to cyber attack. … Continue reading

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Password Management Tools

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Using a single password for multiple sites may be a convenient practice, but it is not a safe one. Most IT security experts recommend using a different password for each online account to prevent hackers from gaining access to all … Continue reading

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Securing Your Mobile Device

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With the number of tablets and smartphones in the world on the rise, they are becoming the target of an increasing number of security threats. Below are some links that describe the most common security concerns for mobile devices and … Continue reading

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LinkedIn Warns Users of Stolen Passwords

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LinkedIn is investigating a claim that a hacker downloaded more than 6 million user passwords from the business-oriented social networking site. Anyone with a LinkedIn account is advised to change their account password as a precautionary measure. For more information … Continue reading

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A Weak Password is a Hacker’s Best Friend

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According to the “2012 Global Security Report” released by Trustwave, “Password1” is the most commonly used password on business systems. Although it contains an upper-case character, a number, and nine characters, “Password1” is a very easy password for hackers to … Continue reading

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25 Worst Passwords of 2011: Is Yours One of Them?

Posted on by beltzer has published a list of the 25 worst passwords of 2011. Read the article. If any of these passwords look familiar, please visit the ITS Password Change webpage to choose a new password. For ideas on choosing a better … Continue reading

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