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How secure is the “Password Protection” on your files and drives?

How secure is the “Password Protection” on your files and drives? 2024-05-10 at 08:31 By Help Net Security People in certain professions, such as healthcare, law, and corporations, often rely on password protection when sending files via email, believing it provides adequate security against prying eyes. However, simple password protection on a PDF or Excel …

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Why SMBs are facing significant security, business risks

Why SMBs are facing significant security, business risks 2024-05-09 at 06:31 By Help Net Security In this Help Net Security video, Alex Cox, Director of Threat Intelligence at LastPass, discusses how human factors are getting in the way while SMB leaders report investing more time, attention, and budget in cybersecurity. According to LastPass, these factors …

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Passwords under seven characters can be easily cracked

Passwords under seven characters can be easily cracked 2024-04-30 at 06:31 By Help Net Security Any password under seven characters can be cracked within a matter of hours, according to Hive Systems. The time it takes to crack passwords increases Due to the widespread use of stronger password hashing algorithms to protect data, the time …

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Most people still rely on memory or pen and paper for password management

Most people still rely on memory or pen and paper for password management 2024-04-26 at 08:02 By Help Net Security Bitwarden surveyed 2,400 individuals from the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan to investigate current user password practices. The survey shows that 25% of respondents globally reuse passwords across 11-20+ accounts, and 36% admit …

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What is multi-factor authentication (MFA), and why is it important?

What is multi-factor authentication (MFA), and why is it important? 2024-04-23 at 06:31 By Help Net Security Setting up MFA can seem daunting for consumers just beginning to clean up their security postures. In this Help Net Security video, Larry Kinkaid, Manager, Cybersecurity Consulting at BARR Advisory, shares tips for consumers who need simple, accessible …

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Understanding next-level cyber threats

Understanding next-level cyber threats 2024-04-17 at 06:31 By Help Net Security In this Help Net Security video, Trevor Hilligoss, VP of SpyCloud Labs, discusses the 2024 SpyCloud Identity Exposure Report, an annual report examining the latest trends in cybercrime and its impact. Researchers recaptured nearly 1.38 billion passwords circulating the darknet in 2023, an 81.5% …

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Cybercriminals use cheap and simple infostealers to exfiltrate data

Cybercriminals use cheap and simple infostealers to exfiltrate data 2024-03-28 at 06:01 By Help Net Security The rise in identity-based attacks can be attributed to a rapid increase in malware, according to SpyCloud. Researchers found that 61% of data breaches in 2023, involving over 343 million stolen credentials, were infostealer malware-related. Of these compromised identity …

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Great security or great UX? Both, please

Great security or great UX? Both, please 2024-01-30 at 08:02 By Help Net Security A new user is signing up for a SaaS application. On the one hand, UX teams want that user to get into the app as quickly as possible. On the other hand, security teams want the user to strongly validate their …

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Longer passwords aren’t safe from intensive cracking efforts

Longer passwords aren’t safe from intensive cracking efforts 2024-01-26 at 08:02 By Help Net Security 88% of organizations still use passwords as their primary method of authentication, according to Specops Software. The report found that 31.1 million breached passwords had over 16 characters, showing longer passwords aren’t safe from being cracked. 40,000 admin portal accounts …

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Attackers can steal NTLM password hashes via calendar invites

Attackers can steal NTLM password hashes via calendar invites 2024-01-22 at 15:46 By Zeljka Zorz A recently patched vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook (CVE-2023-35636) that can be used by attackers to steal users’ NTLM v2 hashes can be exploited by adding two headers to an email carrying a specially crafted file, security researcher Dolev Taler has …

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Breaking down the state of authentication

Breaking down the state of authentication 2024-01-05 at 07:02 By Help Net Security In this Help Net Security video, Bassam Al-Khalidi, co-CEO of Axiad, discusses the results of Axiad’s recent State of Authentication Survey. Key findings from the survey revealed: – 39% indicated phishing is the most feared cyberattack, while 49% said it is the …

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Many popular websites still cling to password creation policies from 1985

Many popular websites still cling to password creation policies from 1985 12/12/2023 at 09:01 By Helga Labus A significant number of popular websites still allow users to choose weak or even single-character passwords, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have found. Websites’ lax creation policies for passwords The researchers used an automated account creation method …

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Love for sports could lead to poor password practices

Love for sports could lead to poor password practices 08/12/2023 at 07:01 By Help Net Security 33% of Americans have used a sports-related term in a password, according to Bitwarden. Those who have are twice as likely to have used one inspired by a professional sports team (46%) versus a college sports team (22%). 49% …

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How passkeys are reshaping user security and convenience

How passkeys are reshaping user security and convenience 28/11/2023 at 08:34 By Mirko Zorz In this Help Net Security interview, Anna Pobletts, Head of Passwordless at 1Password, talks about passkey adoption and its acceleration in 2024. This trend is particularly notable among highly-regulated services like fintech and banking, where users seek a sign-in experience that …

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How global password practices are changing

How global password practices are changing 06/11/2023 at 09:33 By Help Net Security Password health and hygiene improved globally over the past year, reducing the risk of account takeover for consumers and businesses, according to Dashlane. Password reuse remains prevalent, however, leaving user accounts particularly vulnerable to password-spraying attacks if they’re not protected by strong …

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Cybersecurity habits and behaviors executives need to be aware of

Cybersecurity habits and behaviors executives need to be aware of 02/11/2023 at 07:01 By Help Net Security Top executives — the employee group most targeted by threat actors — are frequently provided unfettered access to valuable data sources and networked assets, according to Ivanti. Executives access unauthorized work data While 96% of leaders say they …

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Legacy authentication leads to growing consumer frustration

Legacy authentication leads to growing consumer frustration 20/10/2023 at 07:31 By Help Net Security Despite widespread usage of passwords lingering on, consumers want to use stronger, more user-friendly alternatives, according to FIDO Alliance. Entering a password manually without any form of additional authentication was the most commonly used authentication method across the use cases tracked …

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Anticipating the benefits of a passwordless tomorrow

Anticipating the benefits of a passwordless tomorrow 17/10/2023 at 06:02 By Help Net Security Businesses are actively moving to eradicate passwords from employees’ lives, with 89% of IT leaders expecting passwords to represent less than a quarter of their organization’s logins within five years or less, according to a FIDO Alliance and LastPass report. Moving …

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3Commas on ‘heightened alert’ after several user accounts hacked

3Commas on ‘heightened alert’ after several user accounts hacked 10/10/2023 at 05:02 By Cointelegraph By Jesse Coghlan The firm has implemented additional security measures following an investigation that found “only a few” 3Commas user accounts were compromised. This article is an excerpt from Cointelegraph.com News View Original Source React to this headline:

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