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Password Cracking Just Got Easier

Cracking or discovering a simple password is not difficult, but it can be time-consuming. It just got a bit quicker. We discuss and demonstrate multiple ways to do that in Learning Tree Course 468 System and Network Security Introduction. One mechanism we do not demonstrate is the use of graphics cards (GPUs) to do the […]



More Bad Password Advice and More Good Password Advice

As I was writing this, Conan the Sysadmin tweeted about passwords and the need to use secure ones. His message was simple: “Passwords and secret signs are crucial #cybersecurity defenses. Craft good ones, and use them well.” This is excellent advice and the gist of what I have shared on this blog in the past. […]



The Perils of Re-Using Passwords

Passwords will be with us for quite a while and so will password breaches, I’m afraid. Last week I received a notice that a site I use experienced a password breach. The email explained that the passwords themselves were encrypted, but that I should change my password on that site and any others where I […]



How Should I Dispose of My Old Electronics (That May Have Passwords In Them)?

Recycling is good. I even wrote about recycling your devices a couple of years ago. Just recently the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team or US-CERT (part of the US Department of Homeland Security – DHS) issued Security Tip ST18-15 on Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices. Given that new “Tip” and the fact that this is […]



How Password Spraying Could be an Attack Vector Into Your Organization

There are two common ways the bad guys might try to break into a building: spend lots of effort on one door or window, or try each door and window to see if one is easier to enter than the others. The same is true for attackers trying to compromise systems and networks (and penetration […]


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