Passwords

‘Starwars’ Makes it to the List of 2017’s Worst Passwords

The list of the 25 most-used and most hackable passwords of 2017 has been published today on Lifehacker, with ‘123456’ topping the list as the worst password of 2017. The list was compiled by SplashData, makers of the password managers SplashID and TeamsID, from over 5 million passwords leaked in data breaches this year. It is...

macOS High Sierra Vulnerability Allows Third-Party Apps to Access Keychain Data in Plaintext

Apple’s macOS High Sierra, which was released to the public today, contains a vulnerability that lets apps discover Keychain passwords in plaintext. According to Synack research director Patrick Wardle, the vulnerability requires victims to intentionally override built-in security. Wardle was able to leverage the vulnerability to steal logins for websites like Facebook and Bank of America. Wardle said that […]

Dashlane Releases 2017 Password Power Rankings, Apple ID Gets ‘Good’ Score

Examining the password policies of 40 popular consumer and enterprise websites against five criteria, Dashline has published its latest Password Power Rankings for 2017, highlighting that almost 46% of consumer websites, including Dropbox, Netflix, and Pandora, and 36% of enterprise websites, including Amazon Web Services, have failed to implement the most basic password security requirements. The study’s point-based ranking system...

How to Check If You Were Compromised in Dropbox’s Data Breach

Yesterday it was confirmed that over 60 million Dropbox accounts were hacked during a breach which was discovered last Friday. Dropbox users that have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 were compromised and will need to change their passwords. While Dropbox sought to reassure users their accounts were safe, the incident was just the latest example...

Calgary Police Seeks Power to Compel Canadians into Giving Up Their Passwords

According to a Calgary Sun report, Calgary Police Chief Roger Chaffin was among those at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, who voted yesterday to ask for legal means to force Canadians to give up their phone passwords, saying it would help law enforcement keep pace with cyber-crime. However, civil liberties advocates believe such a law would clash...

SplashData Publishes its Annual “Worst Passwords List” for 2015

SplashData has today announced the 2015 edition of its annual “Worst Passwords List” highlighting how people continue putting themselves at risk by using insecure passwords. “123456” and “password” continue to be the most commonly used passwords in first and second spots since 2011, followed by “12345678”, “qwerty” and “12345”. Each year, the company compiles its data by using more...