Articles tagged: passwords
The world’s largest magazine dispensed some bad tech advice. Here’s why I so strongly disagree.
A dictionary attack is a common brute-force way of achieving a hacker’s goal. The goal of a dictionary attack could range from compromising your system to sending spam.
Passphrases are just as secure as passwords — perhaps even more so — and are easier to remember if needed.
Headlines are proclaiming that two-factor authentication has been hacked. That in no way means you shouldn’t use it. Your account is still much safer with two-factor enabled.
Passkeys are a new form of authentication that promise to be both easier and more secure.
Using a different password for every login is crucial — and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Six practical approaches to generating passwords, ranked from best to worst.
Here are the steps you need to take to prevent losing your account forever to a hacker.
Please don’t base your understanding of technology on what you see in TV and movies.
One of the challenges with current online safety advice is keeping track of multiple different secure passwords. LastPass not only does that, but does it securely across multiple devices.
If you’ve been told to change your password, do so, but do so in the right way. I’ll explain what that means and why it’s important.
Regardless of your initial thoughts, every account is important, and we are all targets.
Passwordless authentication removes the need for a password and replaces it with something else. But can that be secure?
As few as three random words make better passwords than strings of random characters — but not, perhaps, for the reasons you think.
Another day, another breach. What should you do if you’re involved?
A high-level overview of how websites and services should store passwords security, so next time there’s a breach you’ll know what to look for.
Yes, password managers put all your information in one place. It better be a very good place.
Using different passwords on different sites is not only good practice, it’s necessary to keep your accounts safe. I’ll review why, and how best to handle a plethora of passwords.
Changing passwords periodically is conventional wisdom. I disagree, and then discuss whether periodic password change can even happen reliably.
If your account is ever part of a breach, secure it to avoid further risk.
On the surface, signing into Windows using a PIN feels less secure than a traditional password. It’s possible it’s more secure.
With occasional security breaches at service providers and rampant email account theft, password security has never been more important. Make sure you choose and use secure passwords.
Google Chrome can save your and display your passwords. That’s convenient, but is it secure?
Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. Here’s how to get your account back varies based on what happened to it.
A scam claims your email account has been hacked, possibly even including a password you’ve used. Don’t be fooled.
“Invalid password” messages frustrate a lot of people, particularly when they’re certain they’ve typed in the right thing. I’ll review how what you enter might still be invalid.
We are all under constant attack. I’ll show you how to look at your Outlook.com recent activity and review why it might be full of failed login attempts.
You can bank online safely, as long as you know what to look for and what steps to take.
Trying to recover the existing password for an online account is usually an exercise in frustration. There’s one possible straw to grasp at.
Password Checkup is a browser extension that tells you if the password you’re using has been discovered by hackers.
Windows 10 introduced the ability to sign in using a PIN. It’s quick and easy to set up and use.
It’s not necessarily obvious where Google/Gmail hides the “Change Password” functionality. I’ll walk you through it.
Web browsers aren’t necessarily the most secure approach to saving your login passwords. I’ll show you how to disable the feature and clear out any previously remembered passwords in IE, Firefox and Chrome.
Heartbleed: what it is, what it isn’t, why it’s important, and of course what you need to do.
Remember, the goal is to keep malware off your computer, not to try and manage it once it’s watching you. But there is another security hazard you may not be thinking about.
As 2013 draws to a close, I review which articles on Ask Leo! were the most popular and briefly discuss what trends that I feel they reveal.
Long passwords are your top-line of defense in internet security. Don’t let any trends steer you in the other direction.
Macrium will run just fine as long as your computer is still turned on. Other automatic programs may have trouble, depending on their configuration.
Common wisdom is that you should change passwords periodically; so should you change user names too? My take: common wisdom is wrong from the start.