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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 […]



How ErsatzPasswords Hide the Real Passwords and Detect Attacks

Researchers at Purdue’s CERIAS group have developed a way of strengthening traditional password authentication against sophisticated attacks. Not only is the defense practical — you can download the PAM security module from GitHub — but it also includes a built-in alarm that warns you when attacker try to use decoy passwords they believe they have […]



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 […]



Stored passwords, eggs and bread dough?

All three of these share the need for one thing: salt. So what is a password salt and why do we need them? In the early days of the UNIX timesharing system the file containing the users’ passwords was readable by all users (that began in version 6, in the mid 1970’s). The file had […]



Of PINS and Passwords and Jelly Bean

Cybersecurity is never far from my mind these days. Many of my clients are quite rightly concerned about the risk of a security breach caused by a flaw in an Android application. One simple and hugely effective step that can be taken is to ensure that devices have a PIN or password enabled. The key […]


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