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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 […]



Change Your Password Once, Not Often

I got in the habit of changing my password often when I started using UNIX back in the late 1970s. Everyone said, it was “the thing to do,” and I believed it. Security pros are saying something different now, and it is important to look at why. Lorrie Cranor, Chief Technologist of the US Federal […]



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 […]



Hospitals and Passwords – Three Essentials for Securing Critical Equipment

I would have thought the safest and most-protected computer hardware in the world would be in hospitals. Seriously, if someone could hack an artificial heart, the consequences could be disastrous. Imagine my shock, then, when I read a Wired article about how easy it was to hack medical equipment found in hospitals! Perhaps I shouldn’t […]


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