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Average person has 100 passwords - study
The average user has about 25% more passwords compared to earlier this year.
The most popular usernames of all time revealed
Interestingly, usernames one would think might be quite common, such as admin or user, did not make the list of the 200 most popular usernames.
Almost 10,000 unsecured databases with more than 10 billion credentials exposed
Research has identified a total of 9,517 unsecured databases containing 10,463,315,645 entries with such data as emails, passwords, and phone numbers.
Security threats endanger tens of millions working from home
There are pressures to stay trading, but it is imperative to ensure that actions taken now don’t encourage security disasters in the future.
Common misconceptions about smart homes and biometrics
The real cause of most attacks is not biometrics itself, but the storage of biometrics data in a centralised database.
Security experts underscore identity assurance in post-lockdown era
Organisations should rebuild, re-prioritise and re-assess their current security programs, with the ultimate goal of enhancing threat response.
Consumer password hygiene doesn't reflect cybersecurity threat in 2020
83% of internet users think up their own passwords, while 54% say they are unaware about how to check if any of their credentials have already been leaked, according to new research from Kaspersky.
Interview: Yubico A/NZ vice president on passwords in the modern world
"With open authentication standards, like WebAuthn and FIDO2, a passwordless future is attainable."
Six practical tips for better password practice
rsenal, Star Wars and Eminem all featured in the top 300 most hacked passwords last year.
Reckless password behaviour 'largely unchanged' despite increased risk
91% of people know that using an identical password on multiple accounts is risky, yet 66% continue to do so anyway, according to a survey from LastPass.
Online retailers lose millions as 1/3 of customers forget password at checkout
Recently released research has found about one in three of online purchases are abandoned at checkout because people cannot remember their password to access their account and confirm their purchase.
Case study: 40% of password managers vulnerable to breach
Two of five password managers tested by researchers from the University of York were fooled by a fake app into giving away a password.
NordPass releases new features on the back of extensive audit
NordPass has launched new features for PCs and mobiles, including the ability to share passwords, as well as new mobile features and native apps.
Thycotic rounds out 2019 with 'banner year' for cloud roadmap
Privileged access management solutions provider Thycotic has published key highlights from 2019 for its work in cloud-based PAM.
Weak passwords continue to give cyber crims access to personal information
New research highlights the continuing issue of weak passwords, revealing that 30% of ransomware infections in 2019 were due to passwords.
Disney+: Is it safe to subscribe?
"Excitement has been building for Disney+ and while it's in limited release, people will seek out alternative means to use the platform."
Password habits still key obstacle to business’ security - LogMeIn
The report found that while more businesses are investing in security measures like multi-factor authentication (MFA), employees still have poor password habits.
92% of businesses experience identity challenges - LastPass
Data from the report reveals IT professionals overwhelmingly (82%) agree that poor identity practices have exposed their business to risks.
NordVPN dives into password management
NordPass will remember and autosave all passwords, autofill online forms, and allow users to save private notes.
LastPass extends data security with Aus data centre
“Our new security infrastructure means that you can now choose to have your LastPass Enterprise password vault stored regionally in Australia, regardless of where you operate your business from."
Is the pain of resetting passwords finally over?
"It's now the role of businesses to take the responsibility off the end user, by coming up with a more intelligent strategy than a password expiry policy."
Google 'will do better' after G Suite passwords exposed since 2005
Fourteen years is a long time for sensitive information like usernames and passwords to be sitting ducks, unencrypted and at risk of theft and corruption.
NDB report: Stronger authentication practices needed
The Australian Information Commissioner (OIAC) has released the latest quarterly report on the notifications under the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.
Kiwis are being outsmarted by their own smart homes
New Zealanders are putting too much trust in smart devices and not necessarily applying some of their own ‘smarts’ to the process.