If Your Password Is On This List, It’s Time To Change It

If Your Password Is On This List, It’s Time To Change It

We get it. Maybe you revived your childhood obsession with Star Wars. But don’t extend that fandom to your password, or you could end up welcoming in… the dark side. And by that, we mean anyone who happens to look at the list of 2015’s Worst Passwords. [More]

(PROLyman Green)

Time Warner Cable Warns 320,000 Customers Their Email & Passwords May Have Been Breached

Hundreds of thousands of Time Warner Cable customers received alerts this week telling them to change their email passwords after law enforcement officials notified TWC that hackers may have gotten their hands on this sensitive information.
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Report: Amazon Resets Some Users’ Passwords Over Concerns They May Have Been Compromised

Report: Amazon Resets Some Users’ Passwords Over Concerns They May Have Been Compromised

If you found Amazon has force-reset your account password, you aren’t alone: according to a new report, many customers have reported that the e-commerce giant emailed them saying their password had been changed, citing security concerns that the information may be exposed to outsiders. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Comcast Resets Passwords For 200,000 Email Customers After Possible Account Leak

Comcast email customers became the latest victims of a potential hack attack this weekend, as the company confirmed it reset passwords for nearly 200,000 users after their email addresses and passwords were posted for sale on a hacker marketplace. [More]

Hackers Swipe 225,000 Jailbroken iPhone Users’ Account Information

Hackers Swipe 225,000 Jailbroken iPhone Users’ Account Information

Jailbreaking your Apple device, or using illicitly obtained software to customize it in ways that Apple never intended and install unauthorized apps, is something that most users thought was against the rules but innocent, even if it does void your Apple warranty. Now Apple is facing a good news/bad news situation: a hack involving jailbroken iPhones validates their policies, but also means that the phrase “iPhone hack” is all over the news. [More]

(Roland Tanglao)

The Pros & Cons Of Windows 10 Sharing Your WiFi Passwords With Your Contacts

All around the world today, Windows users are updating their operating systems to Windows 10, better known as Microsoft’s attempt to atone for the sins of Windows 8. However, the newest version of Windows has a feature that is either — depending on who you speak to — a huge privacy concern, or maybe not that big a deal. [More]

Forget Fingerprints, Amazon Working On Ear-Unlock Feature For Phones

Forget Fingerprints, Amazon Working On Ear-Unlock Feature For Phones

Could answering your phone in the future be as simple as pressing it to your ear? It could be if Amazon’s latest patent ever makes it to the real world. [More]

(Dev.Arka)

If Your iCloud Password Is ‘Password1,’ Choose Something Else Right Now

If you use Apple’s iCloud service, you know that Apple has some limits on what your password can be, which are meant to make your account harder to break into. The password must have at least one letter, at least one number, at least one capital letter, and have at least 8 characters. However, it’s still possible to come up with a terrible password within these parameters. [More]

If You Own Any Of These Types Of Products, Change The Default Password Now

If You Own Any Of These Types Of Products, Change The Default Password Now

We told you the other day how several electronics manufacturers were shipping products with default username and password combinations that many people never think to change, leaving them open to being compromised by hackers and pranksters. To help those consumers who may not want to get into the gritty details of that story, here’s a quick guide to a number of popular types of products that people may not know they need to change the password to. [More]

(Jullo Marquez)

If You Didn’t Change The Default Password On Your Security Camera, Someone’s Probably Watching It Stream

Remote access has been a boon to many industries. Home security cameras, for example: not only can you keep an eye on your property in case anything bad happens, but you can do it in real-time, instead of reviewing footage after the fact. But cameras protecting the security of your home may in fact need a serious security helper of your own. And running tens of thousands of searchable livestreams from unwitting camera owners who didn’t change default the access passwords on their devices is certainly one (unethical, intrusive) way to make the point. [More]

eBay Says Etsy Is Wrongity Wrong To Blame It For Spam Problems

eBay Says Etsy Is Wrongity Wrong To Blame It For Spam Problems

Yesterday, we reported that the craft honchos who run Etsy have noticed an increase in hijacked accounts sending out spammy messages, and they put at least some of the blame on users with the same passwords on both their Etsy and eBay accounts. However, eBay counters that this is not their fault, since unencrypted passwords weren’t part of last month’s account data breach. [More]

Spammers Take Advantage Of eBay Breach, Invade Etsy

Spammers Take Advantage Of eBay Breach, Invade Etsy

When the usernames and passwords of a big, popular site like eBay are compromised, consequences can spread beyond the original site that was attacked. It’s possible that users of selling platforms Etsy and eBay use the same usernames and passwords on both sites, since security staff at Etsy say that they’ve noticed an uptick in spam and account hijackings since the recent eBay breach. [More]

(Dev.Arka)

87-Year-Old Inventor Of Computer Password Keeps His On Sheets Of Paper

Do you have so many online accounts that you can barely keep track of where you’re registered, let alone what the passwords are? You’re certainly not alone. Heck, even Fernando Corbató, a retired researcher who is one of the people credited with inventing the computer password 50 years ago, keeps all of his on a few typed sheets of paper. [More]

‘Password’ No Longer The King Of Bad-Idea Passwords

‘Password’ No Longer The King Of Bad-Idea Passwords

No matter how frequently consumers are warned about creating predictable passwords, many just aren’t getting the message. The good news from the latest survey of leaked passwords is that the most frequently used password is no longer “password.” The bad news is that the new bad-password champ is equally idiotic. [More]

Facebook Lets You Assign ‘Trusted Contacts’ To Help You Access Your Account After Being Locked Out

Facebook Lets You Assign ‘Trusted Contacts’ To Help You Access Your Account After Being Locked Out

Lots of people give an extra set of house keys to close friends or family in case they get locked out. So why not have a similar way of dealing with those times when you’re locked out of your Facebook account? [More]

(Great Beyond)

Someday Your Brain Could Replace All Those Pesky Passwords With “Passthoughts”

There’s perhaps nothing more unique than your brain. And because we don’t yet live in a world where villains can hack into your thoughts (key word: yet), the next innovation in passwords could do away with those typed phrases and combinations of letters, numbers and punctuation and replace them with your thoughts. [More]

Apple Solves iTunes Account Problem By Locking You Out Of Account

Apple Solves iTunes Account Problem By Locking You Out Of Account

Michael was having a pretty minor problem with playing television programs in iTunes. Sure, it doesn’t even rank as the a serious first world problem, but he contacted Apple to get it resolved, because that’s what Apple is supposed to do. A senior representative tried to resolve the problem by resetting his iTunes password. Nice idea if it had worked. It didn’t. Now this cord-cutter, who uses his Apple TV to catch up with favorite shows, can’t watch those shows at all. Being locked out of his iTunes account and all. [More]