Which Passwords Are the Worst?

It was amazing to see that although we have had significant attacks in 2012, Splashdata’s report on the most popular passwords showed that “password”, “123456”, and “12345678” are still the top three. The list of the top 25 passwords is located below. Interesting to see the same odd ball ones show up, such as “monkey” and “shadow”, but even more interesting are the brand new ones, like “jesus” and “ninja”. So if your password is located on this list never fear…there are ways to increase security. The first suggestion would be to use passwords which contain upper and lower case letters, special characters, and numbers. Read More

  1. password (Unchanged)
  2. 123456 (Unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
  4. abc123 (Up 1)
  5. qwerty (Down 1)
  6. monkey (Unchanged)
  7. letmein (Up 1)
  8. dragon (Up 2)
  9. 111111 (Up 3)
  10. baseball (Up 1)
  11. iloveyou (Up 2)
  12. trustno1 (Down 3)
  13. 1234567 (Down 6)
  14. sunshine (Up 1)
  15. master (Down 1)
  16. 123123 (Up 4)
  17. welcome (New)
  18. shadow (Up 1)
  19. ashley (Down 3)
  20. football (Up 5)
  21. jesus (New)
  22. michael (Up 2)
  23. ninja (New)
  24. mustang (New)
  25. password1 (New)

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Single Sign-On: Boost your compliance efforts

Gartner is predicting the number of regulatory requirements directly affecting IT will double over the next few years.  Single sign-on helps alleviate some of the challenges of regulatory compliance such as SOX, HIPAA, GLB and FFIEC.  Single sign-on by itself does not imply compliance, however when implementing single sign-0n you are creating a centralization of authentication.  Read more…

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Make Sure Your Software is Secure for Customers

This is an interesting first-hand account of what it feels like when the software you are selling to customers, turns up to not be secure enough. A security manager discusses how after a complaint from a customer to the senior vice president he became responsible for cleaning up the mess that was made.

The customer had implemented the solution and then went through a compliance audit, after which the software was found to have security issues. The one that stood out more than others was that the product was vulnerable to SQL injection attacks.

So let me ask the software developers out there…do you think it is better to tackle security and authentication on your own, or purchase a plug-n-play SDK to provide those services for you?

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Windows 8 Security Risk: Plain Text Passwords?

With just two weeks till Windows 8 is released to store shelves, there is mention of a known security flaw already. The flaw seems to be with the two new ways you can log into the platform, using either a pin or picture password. Although these are new ways of authenticating to your account, the  two methods are still based on a regular user account which is created using a plain text password. It is this password which has now been found to be available to any user of the PC with administrator privileges. The advice being given at this point is to use the two new authentication methods with caution. Read More

 

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How many passwords are your users juggling?

Passwords for email, CRM, marketing automation, ERP, payroll, project management….  How many passwords are your users trying to manage?  And of those passwords, how many are scribbled on sticky notes and stuck to their laptop?!  Making bad decisions when managing multiple user names and passwords makes your security vulnerable.  Vulnerable security is not only costly, but can end in severe loss.  Find out more about this topic in PortalGuard’s webcast ‘The Cost and Loss of Not Using Single Sign-On with Two-Factor Authentication’.  Read more…

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Security vs. Convenience: Who wins?

Can you stay safe without losing your mind? When creating a password do you lean towards security or do you look for the convenience? Most of us really want the security without all the hassle.

LifeHacker decided to take all of the methods for securing passwords that they have presented and looked for the best combination of security and convenience. So how do you choose the best password security for you? Read More

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Increase Security, Split a Password

With data breaches around passwords increasing in 2012, new methods to protect the password are constantly being created, such as RSA’s approach to splitting the password. Typically when a hacker attacks a server storing users’ passwords, they are able to do a “data dump” of all the passwords. To increase security, RSA is now splitting the password and storing the two parts in different server locations. This means that the hacker would need to break into both servers to obtain the full password. Read More

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Big Data Analytics: Detect Advanced Threats and Breaches

Many organizations are taking the stance of knowing that it is not about “if” breaches will happen but “when”. With this there is also the issue that without analytics in place, you may already be breached and just not know about it. Yikes! In a recent study by LogRhythm it was determined that less than 30% of IT Security professionals felt confident that they would know when a breach had occurred. Are you part of the 70% who doesn’t? If so, take a look at the possibilities for Big Data security analytics to see if you can detect advanced threats and breaches. Read More

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The Cost and Loss of Not Using Single Sign-On with Two-Factor Authentication

Do you know how much passwords are costing your organization?  Passwords are a much larger source of cost and loss than most people realize. Multiple passwords cost you not only hundreds of help desk calls annually, they also result in a loss of productivity and can be a source of severe loss of security.  Check out PortalGuard’s webcast on the cost and loss of not using single sign-on with two-factor authentication.  Read more…

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