Passwords

  • Gmail passwords leaked: How safe is internet usage in India? September 12, 2014

    As a list of nearly 5 million combinations of Gmail addresses and passwords was made available to the public online on Tuesday, India comes to terms with developing a more stringent cyber policing and norms to deal with any such eventuality in the future. ...
  • Gmail passwords leaked: Time to change to your password September 12, 2014

    As a list of nearly 5 million combinations of Gmail addresses and passwords was made available to the public online on Tuesday, India comes to terms with developing a more stringent cyber policing and norms to deal with any such eventuality in the future. ...
  • 7 mustknow tips to help you create better, stronger passwords August 6, 2014

    New York: This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee...
  • Beware! New virus steals your debit, credit card information July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Debit and credit card owners in the country have been alerted by cyber security sleuths against the damaging activities of a virus which attacks Point of Sale (POS) business counters to steal confidential data like card number and passwords. The virus, of the deadly Trojan/Botnet family, is prowling in...
  • Tech tips: Passwords alone can't keep you secure, add a second layer of protection to your online accounts April 24, 2014

    New York: If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection. Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information anyway. Even without this latest discovery,...
  • Sudoku-puzzle-like passwords that change every minute for better security March 17, 2014

    London: Ever fancied a password that changes every minute? One may soon be available, with engineers developing a new password technique that uses visual patterns and resembles a Sudoku puzzle. "The problem of passwords is that they are very weak, they are always getting hacked, and also, from a user point...
  • The list of the world's 25 worst passwords is out, is yours among them? January 23, 2014

    Los Gatos: The annual list of worst passwords compiled by software firm SplashData is out and for the first time since it began compiling the list, 'password' has been pushed to the second spot. '123456' has taken top spot as the worst and most stolen password of 2013. The list includes...
  • Cyber experts uncover 2 mn stolen Facebook, Google, Twitter passwords December 5, 2013

    Boston: Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe. Researchers with Trustwave's SpiderLabs said they discovered the credentials while investigating a server in the Netherlands that cyber criminals use to control a massive...
  • How you tap and swype could replace passwords on your smartphone September 16, 2013

    London: Move over, passwords! Scientists have developed a new software that can enable your touchscreen smartphone to identify you by the unique way you tap and swipe on the device. The software 'SilentSense', developed by Cheng Bo and his colleagues at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has demonstrated 99 per cent...
  • Soon, replace your passwords with your thoughts April 10, 2013

    Washington: You may be spared from typing pesky passwords in the future! Instead of typing your password, you may only have to think about it, thanks to a new wireless headset device developed by researchers. Remembering passwords for all your sites can get annoying. There are only so many punctuation,...
  • 10 must-know tips on how to keep your passwords strong and secure February 28, 2013

    New York: Rarely does a week go by without news of another hacking incident, whether it's Chinese hackers accused of breaking in to The New York Times' computer systems or Burger King finding its Twitter account taken over by pranksters. Security threats aren't new and have long been part of online...
  • Google may soon replace passwords with 'physical keys' January 22, 2013

    London: Search giant Google is set to kill off passwords and is experimenting with USB keys, mobile phones and even jewellery that can act as a physical 'key' to give users access to their account. The firm's security experts including an Indian are set to publish their findings next month,...
  • Weak at spelling and grammar? Your passwords are safer January 18, 2013

    London: The secret to finding more secure passwords could be straightforward just don't use good grammar or spelling, scientists including an Indianorigin researcher have suggested. Ashwini Rao and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University researched the current generation of password cracking systems and found that many people, on being asked...
  • New laws to ban employers from demanding your Facebook passwords January 1, 2013

    Chicago: Employers in California and Illinois will be prohibited from demanding access to workers' passwordprotected social networking accounts and teachers in Oregon will be required to report suspected student bullies thanks to new laws taking effect in 2013. In all, more than 400 measures were enacted at the state level during...
  • Revealed: List of banned BlackBerry 10 passwords December 9, 2012

    Mumbai: With the BlackBerry 10 launch around the corner, Research in Motion has kept security as one of the paramount features of its upcoming OS. According to a report by Rapid Berry, a list of 106 passwords that the company will not let you use on this platform has been...
  • Soon, eye movements can be your new password October 15, 2012

    New York: Taking cue from iris scans used in UID in India, researchers are developing a new biometric system that can identify people by the way they flicker their eyes while looking at a computer screen. Oleg Komogortsev, a computer scientist at Texas State UniversitySan Marco, is making use of...
  • Soon, your walk can be your new password September 27, 2012

    New York: Scientists are advancing biometrics security systems a step further by developing 'biosoles' that can recognise you based upon your unique walk. Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University's Biometrics Research and Identity Automation Lab are developing new ways to enable security based on body's movements, which, unlike retinal scans and...
  • A wave of hand could be your new password September 17, 2012

    London: Forgot your password again? No problem, just wave your hand! Scientists are developing a new technology which can verify a person's identity with a wave of the hand. A biometric sensor in a laptop or tablet computer scans the unique pattern of veins in a person's palm to verify...
  • Yahoo confirms vulnerability fixed July 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Yahoo confirmed that the data comprising 4,00,000+ email and passwords that was leaked online in plain text had been sourced from their servers. In an official post on its ycorpblog, Yahoo now asserts that they have taken "swift action" and fixed the vulnerability. In the post, Yahoo also...
  • Nvidia: 4 lakh coded passwords may have been hit July 14, 2012

    London: US semiconductor maker Nvidia Corp. says up to 400,000 users of its forums have had their encrypted passwords compromised in attacks dating back to early July. It's the latest in a stream of data thefts which has hit major Internet companies over the past few weeks. Search provider Yahoo, networking...
  • LinkedIn hack: You may need to change all your passwords June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Following the massive password leak at LinkedIn, believed to have affected over 6 million users, security experts have recommended that LinkedIn users change their passwords immediately. If you think that by simply changing your LinkedIn password you are safe? Think again. You may need to change many of your...
  • Online passwords are very insecure, finds study April 3, 2012

    London: Online passwords are so insecure that one per cent can be cracked within 10 guesses, according to the largest ever sample analysis carried out by a Gathes Cambridge scholar at the university. The research carried out by Joseph Bonneau will be presented at a security conference held under the auspices...
  • US senators ask for password requests probe March 25, 2012

    Seattle: Two US senators are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law, their offices announced Sunday. Troubled by reports of the practice, Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said they are calling...
  • Why online security is taxing our brains March 9, 2012

    New York: Nathan Acosta is feeling a little overwhelmed. The 24-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, who works for a financial services firm, is trying his best to keep up with all the passwords and security questions he has to juggle, just to log onto his personal accounts. But sometimes it feels...
  • Picture password to protect your online account! November 7, 2011

    London: Find it difficult to remember your password? Here's some good news - researchers claim to have developed picture password for your online account, which will also help protect against hacking. An international team says that it's actually a new kind of login which relies on the fallibility of human...
  • Don't save passwords on your browser January 16, 2011

    Frankfurt: Never store unencrypted passwords on a computer's browser. Doing so makes it too easy for hackers to access the data with tools like Trojans and then access private accounts, warns German computer magazine c't. The magazine recommends that people who insist on storing passwords on a browser at least...
  • Gawker hack underscores password flaws December 20, 2010

    San Francisco: The fallout from a hacking attack on Gawker Media Inc. a week ago underscores a basic security risk of living more of our lives online: Using the same username and password for multiple sites is convenient, but costly. After the attack on the publisher of such blogs as Gawker,...
  • Hotmail security breached, is your account safe? October 6, 2009

    San Francisco: The passwords to more than 10,000 Hotmail accounts have been compromised and posted online, Microsoft confirmed on Monday in what appears to be one of the largest phishing schemes ever. The huge security breach was first reported by the website neowin.net, which said a list of the account details...
  • How to create hacker-proof passwords October 25, 2007

    New Delhi: There’s finally some good news if you're trying to protect yourself from hackers. If you're looking for a hacker-proof password, simplicity may be the way to go. Here is a report on how you can build passwords that are impossible to hack, but easy to remember. Enter password checker....