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The Insanity of Your Network – Storing Keys in the Same Place as Everyone Else

Imagine that you have a fleet of dozens of expensive vehicles, and you keep all of their keys in a locked cabinet. There is a master key that opens the cabinet. You assign your IT team

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Make Life Easier – Go Back to Easy Passwords

NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US, is releasing new password standards that make passwords so much easier…

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Alert – A Popular Password Manager Has Serious Security Flaw Right Now

A password manager company announced that there is a vulnerability that could allow attackers to gather stored passwords.

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Why is it not Google’s fault?

After last week’s post about the stolen Google and Gmail passwords, one of our valued subscribers wrote back asking why it isn’t Google’s fault that the passwords were stolen.

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Gmail Passwords Stolen, Possibly Millions of Them

This applies to everyone, not just Gmail users. A researcher at Hold Security bought 272 million stolen passwords on the dark web. Some of the credentials were for Gmail. This is not Google’s fault. Whether you use Gmail or not, everyone, if they haven’t already, needs to enable

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Anatomy of a Password Attack

Password attacks against businesses happen all the time. You may find it interesting to see the list of usernames that attackers guess are on your system, and how many passwords they try for each username.

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LastPass Password Manager Hacked

LastPass password manager announced that they were hacked. That means that attackers might be able to find out all of your passwords. Do this immediately: Change your LastPass password.  If you use any password manager, LastPass or otherwise, two of the most important steps to take include:

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