• Is your password too short to be safe?

    WASHINGTON — Your passwords are likely too short. “Eight character passwords are too short. They can be broken in just over a minute,” says Ken Coleburn of Data Doctors. “Today’s hacker technology using something called…

  • Technology to replace the hackable password

    WASHINGTON – With a data breach or cyber hack being reported nearly every week, companies are racing to develop new technology to replace the password altogether. Some companies, such as Microsoft, are charging full-speed toward a…

  • Worst passwords: Is yours on this year’s list?

    WASHINGTON — Some people never learn. And, by the way, they’re not very creative. The 2014 list of worst Internet passwords, as compiled by the security company SplashData, shows many users continue to put themselves at risk…

  • Tips for managing passwords for several accounts

    Despite warnings from security experts, many people use the same password for many or all of their accounts. Ken Colburn of Data Doctors has tips for managing passwords.

  • Multiple identities: the key to email security

    After some Yahoo email addresses and passwords were stolen, it\’s a good time to make some security changes to your email account even if you\’re not a Yahoo mail user.

  • Starbucks storing mobile passwords in clear text

    Starbucks executives confirm the company\’s mobile app, the most used mobile-payment app in the United States, has been storing usernames, email addresses and passwords in clear text, according to Computerworld.

  • PayPal researching password alternatives

    Well passwords could be a thing of the past as companies, like PayPal, develop new ways to verify consumers\’ identities.

  • PIN codes you shouldn’t choose but likely will

    Data analysis researchers find 1234, 1111 and 0000
    make up 20 percent of all four-digit pass codes.

  • The most common (and hackable) passwords

    Despite repeated reports of passwords
    leaking online, people are still choosing ones
    that are easy to hack, a new report

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