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Breaking a Password Manager

Schneier on Security

Interesting story of breaking the security of the RoboForm password manager in order to recover a cryptocurrency wallet password. If you knew the date and time and other parameters, you could compute any password that would have been generated on a certain date and time in the past.

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The UK Bans Default Passwords

Schneier on Security

The UK is the first country to ban default passwords on IoT devices. On Monday, the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to ban default guessable usernames and passwords from these IoT devices. Unique passwords installed by default are still permitted. This sort of thing benefits all of us everywhere.

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Analysis of user password strength

SecureList

A side effect is that passwords that were impossible to guess just a few years ago can be cracked by hackers within mere seconds in 2024. For example, the RTX 4090 GPU is capable of guessing an eight-character password consisting of same-case English letters and digits, or 36 combinable characters, within just 17 seconds.

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Cisco Can’t Stop Using Hard-Coded Passwords

Schneier on Security

This is not the first time Cisco products have had hard-coded passwords made public. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to log in to the affected system and execute arbitrary commands as the root user. You’d think it would learn.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use a Password Manager

Tech Republic Security

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider using a password manager to protect your data and improve password management.

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The Password Game

Schneier on Security

Amusing parody of password rules. BoingBoing : For example, at a certain level, your password must include today’s Wordle answer. And then there’s rule #27: “At least 50% of your password must be in the Wingdings font.”

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Are Password Managers Safe to Use? (Benefits, Risks & Best Practices)

Tech Republic Security

Are password managers safe to use? Find out if they are really secure and discover the benefits and risks of using password managers.