To say it in the words of the security guru, Mr. Schneier,“Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people.” Don’t believe that the typical hacker is the socially awkward 20-something-year-old young man who cannot make eye contact with someone at Starbucks — like Elliot from Mr. Robot. The most successful hackers are truly gifted grifters who can “talk their way out of almost anything” — or better said, “talk their way into anything.”
It should come as no surprise that businesses handling any amount of customer data are frequent targets of hack attempts. Hackers may be after credit cards, personal identities, or sensitive company data. The hackers after this information are not typically like you see in Hollywood movies either.
How many online accounts do you have? Now compare that to passwords: You’re likely reusing at least a few less-than-secure ones. The average person has around 130 online accounts and reuses their favorite password four times.
Is there anything on your computer or mobile phone that you want to keep protected from unauthorized access? Who doesn’t? I believe we all have things that we want to keep secure. Even if they are not secrets, but keeping information secure is something that is important to many people today, and set highly-encrypted password is an effective way.
It’s an interconnected world out there, and while it might be more convenient if one company acted as the gatekeeper for the array of services you subscribe to, overall it would probably mean that the technology of the future would be boring and homogenized.
Identity fraud and online breaches seem to be dominating the news recently, with Tesco and the National Lottery leading the way. Jeremy Newman, founder and executive director of ShowUp discusses why the password system infrastructure is failing and what needs to be done to eradicate identity fraud once and for all.
A while ago, all it took to be a great password manager was to keep your passwords in an encrypted vault. Now the best password managers give you the option to sync or keep them local only, change web passwords with a click, log in to sites for you, and more. This week, we’re looking at five of the best options.
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