We still stink at passwords, and there’s really no excuse

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People know they shouldn’t recycle passwords. Password-management software is available for free. And yet many folks continue dangerous practices. We need to quit recycling and stop trusting our own minds. This seemingly-antisocial advice comes from a new study of password practices that reaches old conclusions: Too many people still try to ease online security by reusing the same passwords across multiple sites and keeping them simple enough to memorize. Read Full Story

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How to Prevent Facebook Hacks

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If you’re like most business owners, you’ve invested resources in creating a Facebook business page that engages your customers. You may have spent years growing your following and building trust. What if something leaves your business page vulnerable to a Facebook hack? Here is what you need to know to protect yourself—and your business—from a Facebook hack. How Often Do Facebook Hacks Occur? Unfortunately, Facebook hacks are quite common. According to the New York Post , as many as 160,000 Facebook accounts are compromised each day. Users tend to be more relaxed about security when using social sites like Facebook, leaving them vulnerable to hackers. How does this affect your business page? Facebook allows users to access business accounts through their personal profiles. Every person with admin control over your Page is vulnerable to a Facebook hack that could leave your page open to hacking. Hackers typically gain access to …

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This technique was supposed to replace passwords. Turns out it’s surprisingly easy to hack

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Stick to your four- or six-digit PIN. Passwords suck, which is why so many of us dream of a world where we don’t have them at all . But remembering names and numbers does hold some advantages over newfangled alternatives. According to new research ( PDF ) out of New Jersey Institute of Technology, the George Washington University, and Ruhr University Bochum, a popular password alternative prized by LG is both more hackable and easier to forget than previously thought. Read Full Story

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