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You Can Now Sign Into Your Google Account on iOS Using an Android Phone

Google has been on a quest to kill the password, so in its latest efforts to further that agenda, the tech giant has now made it possible to log into your Google account on iOS devices by using an Android phone. Read More >>

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Facebook Asked Some Users for Their Email Passwords, Then ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ 1.5 Million Contact Lists Without Consent

Last month, Facebook admitted that it was asking some users who signed up on desktop while using email addresses not supporting the OAuth open standard to give them the passwords to their email accounts – with options to avoid doing so hidden in a “Need Help?” sub-menu. Now the social media giant has admitted that yes, it did “unintentionally” upload contact lists from up to 1.5 million of those email accounts to Facebook, without their owners’ consent or knowledge. Read More >>

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New Super-Secure Wifi is Actually Full of Security Holes

When the Wi-Fi Alliance released its next-generation WPA3 wifi security protocol last January, it was touted as being nigh impossible to crack. That made it a serious upgrade over WPA2, the current protocol used by modern wifi networks – including the one you’re probably reading this on. Except, researchers last week published findings that show WPA3 actually has several serious design flaws that leave it vulnerable to the same attacks that plagued WPA2. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Just Casually Asking Some New Users for Their Email Passwords

Facebook has been prompting some users registering for the first time to hand over the passwords to their email accounts, the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday — a practice that blares right past questionable and into “beyond sketchy” territory, security consultant Jake Williams told the Beast. Read More >>

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Why ‘ji32k7au4a83’ Is a Remarkably Common Password

For too many people, moving the digits around in some variation of Football69Lover is their idea of a strong password. So you might expect something complicated like” “ji32k7au4a83” would be a great password. But according to the data breach repository Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), it shows up more often than one might expect. Read More >>

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MWC 2019: Startup Wants to Replace Passwords With Pins on Pictures

There are a lot of problems with passwords, and that's why the tech industry has been doing their best to try and eliminate the things forever. Not only can they be hard to remember, they're not really all that secure. Certainly not if you just use the same password for everything. One startup has an interesting idea, though. What if your password was bits of a picture? Read More >>

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Google’s New Chrome Extension Warns You If Your Passwords Have Been Exposed

Google is rolling out two new tools to help the password-challenged beef up their security game. The first is a Chrome extension called Password Checkup that can identify if you’re using a password that’s been exposed in a third-party data breach. The second is a feature called Cross Account Protection, which helps protect apps you’ve signed into with your Google account. Read More >>

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Crypto Exchange Says It Can’t Repay £145 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million (£145m) in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday. Read More >>

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UK Firm Says It’ll Track Down and Eliminate Shared Streaming Passwords

UK firm Synamedia thinks it's had an idea that will have all of Silicon Valley battering down the virtual doors of its email server with licensing requests. It says it can track down shared passwords used to hand out access to streaming and other online media accounts among friends and family, killing fun for freeloaders the world over. Read More >>

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The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2018 Will Make You Feel Like a Security Genius

For the last seven years, SplashData has revealed its annual list of the most commonly used passwords of the year. This time around, the results reveal that, uh, we still have work to do. Read More >>

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How to Do Passwords Right in 2018

Even in a world of face unlocking and fingerprint scanning, we still haven’t escaped the password just yet. They’re still a necessity and they’re still annoying to remember. There are now numerous browser features, third-party tools, and even hardware dongles designed to help keep your login credentials safe and secure. Here’s how to make sure you’re doing passwords right in 2018. Read More >>

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Adidas Says ‘Unauthorised Party’ Maybe Got Millions of Logins, Reminds Us to Never, Ever Reuse Passwords

On Thursday, Adidas revealed a “potential data security incident” that possibly left the contact and login info of millions of Adidas customers in the hands of an “unauthorised party.” As many as “a few million” customers who used the Adidas US website may have been affected by a breach, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read More >>

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This New Web Standard Could Finally Kill the Password

Passwords are pretty archaic. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of companies including Google, Apple, Facebook and others, no one has figured out a uniform standard that would make it possible to do away with them entirely. Until, perhaps, now. Read More >>

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Did T-Mobile Austria Really Just Admit It Stores Customer Passwords in Plaintext?

Given that password theft from major tech companies like Yahoo has become routine, most large firms now store their users’ passwords in an encrypted format. Keeping a list of users’ passwords in plaintext creates a huge risk—stealing that password database can give a hacker access to millions of accounts. And if a company’s users reuse their passwords on other websites, the breach can put a customer’s entire online identity at risk. Read More >>

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Why Your Passwords Aren’t Strong Enough—And What to do About it

Passwords are your way into almost all of your online accounts, from social networks to email platforms, but how do you know whether the ones you’re using are strong enough to stand up to repeated hacking attempts? If you want to know how to do a self-audit on password security, and the best combinations to use to keep your data safe, we’ve asked the experts to explain. Read More >>