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The iOS ‘Lockbox’ App Lets Firefox Users Pull Up Their Passwords Quickly 

iOS: There are plenty of incredible password managers out there—1Password and LastPass come to mind—but Mozilla has password-management aspirations of its own. The company just released two new new mobile apps as part of its Test Pilot program and one, Firefox Lockbox, is a pretty convenient way to pull up your…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Why Even Your Bullshit Accounts Deserve Strong Passwords

This week, password manager Dashlane analyzed ten years’ worth of passwords from public data breaches. The big lesson is, don’t reuse passwords. Not even a little, not even with a “formula.” Password formulas are easy to hack. And even your bullshit accounts deserve strong, unique passwords.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Twitter’s Password Screwup Might Have Happened

Last week, Twitter revealed that it had accidentally stored some user passwords in plain text, and thus suggested that all users change their Twitter password. It was bad. But honestly not that bad, according to Tristan Bolton, founder of enterprise cloud provider BoltonSmith. We talked to him about how it might have…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Moving Your Passwords From Google Chrome to a Dedicated App Just Got a Lot Easier

If you’ve been using Google Chrome to store all of your logins and passwords, that’s great—a lot better than scribbling your passwords on sticky notes and attaching them to your desktop monitor or laptop. Third-party password managers are even better (cross-platform, in many cases), and a new Chrome setting now makes…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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1Password Adds Password Checker Pwned Passwords

Anyone aware of the poor track record companies like Equifax or Kickstarter have when dealing with sensitive information is probably curious as to the strength of their passwords. Passwords made via random generation are generally more secure than passwords you invent yourself (looking at you, “abc123”). Now you can…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Protect Your BitTorrent Client From This Potential Hack

Still using BitTorrent to exclusively download legally acquired content like operating system images or files you want to share privately with friends? If so, you might want to double-check your security settings to protect yourself from what researchers at Google’s Project Zero are calling a “low complexity hack”…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Protect Yourself From Meltdown and Spectre, the Latest Processor Security Flaws

There are a pair of security flaws present in nearly every device you’ve got that could allow hackers to steal information like passwords and other personal information. The exploits, Spectre and Meltdown, take advantage of actual flaws in the design of your device’s microprocessor. Your computers, smartphones, and…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Use Fake Answers to Online Security Questions

The sign up processes for online banking accounts, new email addresses, or health insurance apps all involve a few extra security measures to protect the precious data inside those accounts. Unfortunately, the security questions they make you answer aren’t exactly secure. Your mother’s maiden name just won’t cut it…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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‘Starwars’ and the 24 Other Worst Passwords of 2017

You know those corny movie scenes, where someone hacks their boss or girlfriend or enemy’s password by looking around the room and making two guesses? In real life, that would work way more often than it should. Check out this list of the 25 most-used, and thus most hackable, passwords of 2017.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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RememBear Is a Good Password Manager for Beginners

You know by now that you absolutely need a password manager. But you never get around to buying one. Let’s fix that right now with RememBear, a new password manager that’s easy to install and figure out. We tested it, and while we still prefer 1Password for most users, we recommend RememBear for beginners, especially…Read […]

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How to Patch The macOS High Sierra Password Flaw [Updated]

Mac users running the latest version of Apple’s operating system, High Sierra, are susceptible to a pretty huge flaw that could grant anyone with physical access to your Mac unfettered access to everything on your machine. The hack seems to be affecting only macOS High Sierra 10.13 and 10.13.1 versions. Luckily, a…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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I’ve Got Windows 10, But What’s Windows Hello?

Hopefully you took advantage of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer that allowed consumers to update computers running Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 (and if you didn’t, it’s not too late!). If you did, you should take advantage of one of the most convenient and downright pleasant features in Windows 10: the ability to login…Read […]

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