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Password1, Password2, Password3 No More: Microsoft Drops Password Expiration Rec

from ars technica For many years, Microsoft has published a security baseline configuration: a set of system policies that are a reasonable default for a typical organization. This configuration may be sufficient for some companies, and it represents a good starting point for those corporations that need something stricter. While most of the settings have […]

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What Every VPN Provider Is Missing

from Fast Company I don’t know a lot about security, but I do know that when I use public Wi-Fi—whether on my phone, tablet, or laptop—I should be protecting my traffic with a virtual private network. For those unfamiliar with VPNs, the concept is basically that you use a simple piece of software to open […]

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A Hardware Privacy Monitor for iPhones

from Schneier on Security Andrew “bunnie” Huang and Edward Snowden have designed a hardware device that attaches to an iPhone and monitors it for malicious surveillance activities, even in instances where the phone’s operating system has been compromised. They call it an Introspection Engine, and their use model is a journalist who is concerned about government […]

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No Business Too Small to Be Hacked

from NYTs Just as the holiday shopping season neared, a toy company, Rokenbok Education, was navigating a nightmare situation: Its database files had been infected by malware. Online criminals had encrypted company files, making them unusable, and were demanding a hefty ransom to unlock the data. Rokenbok, a California-based company that uses building blocks and even […]

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Google Adopts Single Sign-On For More Desktop, Mobile Apps

from Infoworld Google is expanding its identity service to provide single sign-on for more desktop and mobile applications. With enhanced OpenID Connect Identity Provider support, Google Apps administrators will be able to add single sign-on capabilities to mobile apps and to SaaS apps available through the Google Apps Marketplace, said Shashank Gupta, product manager for […]

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What’s Wrong With Your Pa$$w0rd?

from TED Lorrie Faith Cranor studied thousands of real passwords to figure out the surprising, very common mistakes that users — and secured sites — make to compromise security. And how, you may ask, did she study thousands of real passwords without compromising the security of any users? That’s a story in itself. It’s secret […]

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Hacked vs. Hackers: Game On

from NYTs Paul Kocher, one of the country’s leading cryptographers, says he thinks the explanation for the world’s dismal state of digital security may lie in two charts. One shows the number of airplane deaths per miles flown, which decreased to one-thousandth of what it was in 1945 with the advent of the Federal Aviation […]

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ISPs Removing Their Customers’ Email Encryption

from EFF Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer’s web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers’ data to strip a security flag—called STARTTLS—from email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an essential […]

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10 Tips for Travelling with a Smartphone

from Forbes Travelling with a smartphone can make everything easier. From Google GOOGL -0.15% Translate and Maps, to apps like TripAdvisor TRIP -1.76%, to being able to check in with friends and loved ones, it’s awesome. Along with the potential positives, there are some things to keep in mind, like keeping your data private. So here are ten tips for travelling with […]

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