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Young people are overconfident with online security, survey suggests

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As a relatively young person, I would like to think that I’m on pretty on top of technology — and perhaps by extension, security.

It doesn’t seem to be the case with other younger users, with a survey commissioned by Google suggesting young people are overconfident when it comes to keeping their online accounts safe.

A Harris Poll, which surveyed 3,000 adults in the U.S., said 78 percent of Gen Z (16-24 year olds) admitted…

Microsoft realizes password expiration is poor security

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Thinking of a secure password is hard, so demanding a user change it every 60 days fills many with dread and leads to weaker security. Microsoft has realized this and decided to remove default password expiry as a security baseline feature in Windows 10.

When organizations deploy Windows 10 to tens, hundreds, or even thousands of employees, default security out the box is very important. That’s why Microsoft provides Windows security baselines, which consist of a group of…

Microsoft realizes password expiration is poor security

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Thinking of a secure password is hard, so demanding a user change it every 60 days fills many with dread and leads to weaker security. Microsoft has realized this and decided to remove default password expiry as a security baseline feature in Windows 10.

When organizations deploy Windows 10 to tens, hundreds, or even thousands of employees, default security out the box is very important. That’s why Microsoft provides Windows security baselines, which consist of a group of…

Everyone is using Blink-182 as their password and the band is not cool with it

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The world is awash in ’90s nostalgia — and it’s even showing up in our passwords.

A new study from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed the world’s most easily hacked passwords, CNN reports. The top no-brainer passwords overall are impersonal number combinations, like 12345. But in the category of “bands,” the most breached password is the name of the popular ’90s pop-punk outfit, Blink-182. 

Everyone is using Blink-182 as their password and the band is not cool with it

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The world is awash in ’90s nostalgia — and it’s even showing up in our passwords.

A new study from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed the world’s most easily hacked passwords, CNN reports. The top no-brainer passwords overall are impersonal number combinations, like 12345. But in the category of “bands,” the most breached password is the name of the popular ’90s pop-punk outfit, Blink-182. 

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought.

The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21.

“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as…

Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

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Facebook has been embroiled in another password-related mess.

As reported by Business Insider, the social media giant inadvertently uploaded the email contacts of 1.5 million users who had just signed up to the network.

The issue stems from when Facebook asked new users for their email passwords at sign-up, an odd request which was spotted a few weeks ago by a cybersecurity researcher by the name of “e-sushi.” 

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Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

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Facebook has been embroiled in another password-related mess.

As reported by Business Insider, the social media giant inadvertently uploaded the email contacts of 1.5 million users who had just signed up to the network.

The issue stems from when Facebook asked new users for their email passwords at sign-up, an odd request which was spotted a few weeks ago by a cybersecurity researcher by the name of “e-sushi.” 

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Julian Assange arrest: Why free speech advocates are worried

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Now that Julian Assange’s stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London has come to an end, First Amendment advocates are worried about how his prosecution could affect the rights of journalists.

The Wikileaks co-founder is wanted in Sweden for allegations of sexual assault. But it’s not that charge that worries free speech advocates. It’s the fact that the U.S. Department of Justice filed charges against Assange for “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a…