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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 […]



Who Cares If Ten Million Passwords Were Disclosed?

This past week (as I write this) security researcher Mark Burnett (who literally wrote the book on passwords) released ten million passwords gathered from security breaches. He went one step further and released the account names (without the domain part) of the associated email addresses. That’s a lot of passwords. Here’s why you should care. […]



Sharing Passwords is Bad, but Should It Be Illegal?

“Don’t share your passwords with anyone!” We say it repeatedly in Learning Tree’s System and Network Security Introduction, and I’m sure I’ve said it on this blog more than once. It’s bad practice; it leads to potential insecurity, and it means systems aren’t able to properly account for use. Sharing passwords is also illegal in some […]



We are still picking bad passwords

SplashData released its list of common passwords in January, and the top is much like last year’s. ‘123456’ and ‘password’ lead the pack again. There are four interesting issues here: First, people still choose poor passwords. I guess that’s to be expected. After all, remembering a dozen or more passwords can be difficult. For some […]


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