Is password security awareness dead?

Is there ever a bad time to talk about password security awareness? With the discovery of GoldBrute and its penchant for forcing its way into some 1.5 million RDP servers, we think not. Are RDP servers not a concern for you? Perhaps the five million attempts to hack into an IP cam near you will pique your interest. Creating a strong password can protect you from more digital heartache than just about any other single security measure. This fact naturally leads to two important questions: What makes a password insecure? How can you use that knowledge to make a resilient password? What’s in a…

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Life Beyond Passwords: Biometrics and the Future of User Verification

Kingdoms once protected vast treasures of gold and jewels with secret vaults and well-armed guards. Now, computer networks and even mobile devices grant access to our most valuable assets. As cyber risks evolve, businesses and individuals must also evolve beyond passwords to more sophisticated authentication methods. The obvious next step beyond passwords involves biometrics as part of a multi-factor authentication (MFA) process. For instance, anyone who purchased a new cellphone in the last couple of years has likely used facial recognition to access the phone and various apps. Biometrics offers quick access with a relatively high degree of security. And…

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Secure Your Business with Strong Passwords and Multi-factor Authentication

In the 1983 movie WarGames, Matthew Broderick’s character hacks into a powerful military supercomputer by correctly guessing a single password. Computers, hackers and cyber security have come a long way since the WarGames days. Now, savvy organizations use a combination of strong passwords and multi-factor authentication to secure sensitive data and processes. Password Evolution Think of your early passwords. Perhaps you used a pet’s name or your last name, followed by the month and year of your birth. (Perhaps you still use those passwords. If you do, change them. Now.) Then, experts told users to add a mix of uppercase…

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Close the Door to Hackers by Purging Weak Passwords

Marriott, Target, Home Depot and others have made headlines in recent years for data breaches that affected millions of customers. But did you know that 43 percent of breaches hit small businesses? Limited resources and lack of expertise often leave security gaps in smaller organizations, compounded by weak passwords and other risky practices. For instance, in the Target attack, hackers stole credentials from a much smaller company in the retailer’s supply chain. They then used the stolen credentials to access Target’s network. Sadly, similar scenarios play out over and over again. And users make the job much easier for criminals…

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