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Prevent Account Takeover with Better Password Security

The Hacker News

He has a long, complex password that would be near-impossible to guess. He’s memorized it by heart, so he started using it for his social media accounts and on his personal devices too. Unbeknownst to Tom, one of these sites has had its password database compromised by hackers and put it up for sale on the dark web.

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Easily Guessed Passwords for New Accounts Include “User”, “Temp”, “Welcome”

Security Boulevard

New account passwords, often used during onboarding, are vulnerable to sophisticated attacks from malicious actors. The post Easily Guessed Passwords for New Accounts Include “User”, “Temp”, “Welcome” appeared first on Security Boulevard. Good idea to check: What’s your company using?

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Cisco Can’t Stop Using Hard-Coded Passwords

Schneier on Security

There’s a new Cisco vulnerability in its Emergency Responder product: This vulnerability is due to the presence of static user credentials for the root account that are typically reserved for use during development. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by using the account to log in to an affected system.

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Passwords Are Terrible (Surprising No One)

Schneier on Security

This is the result of a security audit: More than a fifth of the passwords protecting network accounts at the US Department of the Interior—including Password1234, Password1234!, In the first 90 minutes of testing, auditors cracked the hashes for 16 percent of the department’s user accounts. and ChangeItN0w!—were

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RockYou2024: The Largest Password Compilation (10 Billion) Ever Leaked

SecureWorld News

Case in point: a colossal password compilation dubbed "RockYou2024" has emerged, containing nearly 10 billion unique passwords. The name "RockYou2024" pays homage to the infamous RockYou data breach of 2009, which exposed 32 million passwords due to insecure storage practices.

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Google adds passkey option to replace passwords on Gmail and other account services

Tech Republic Security

Is it the beginning of the end for passwords? The post Google adds passkey option to replace passwords on Gmail and other account services appeared first on TechRepublic. Storing passkeys directly on devices will cut down on successful phishing, Google suggests.

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Password Manager Cheat Sheet: What Is a Password Manager?

Tech Republic Security

This cheat sheet provides an overview of what a password manager is and what it does, helping you keep your online accounts safe and secure.