The top 200 most common passwords in 2022 are bad, mkay?

According to NordPass’ latest list of top 200 most common passwords in 2022, “password” is the most popular choice, followed by “123456”, “123456789”, “guest” and “qwerty“. 2022 is ending and 2023 is almost upon us, but despite yearly entreates to users to up their password game, weak and often (re)used passwords are obviously still a […]

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The emergence of zero trust consumers

A survey report from Daon shows 92% of consumers believe that cybersecurity threats will continue to outpace cybersecurity technology, with 91% willing to take extra security measures to prove their identity on an ongoing basis to protect their information and accounts. These and other findings in the report reveal that consumers are acknowledging a high-risk […]

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Top passwords used in RDP brute-force attacks

Specops Software released a research analyzing the top passwords used in live attacks against Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) ports. This analysis coincides with the latest addition of over 34 million compromised passwords to the Specops Breached Password Protection Service, which now includes over 3 billion unique compromised passwords. RDP over TCP Port 3389 is a […]

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False sense of safety undermines good password hygiene

LastPass released findings from its fifth annual Psychology of Password report, which revealed even with cybersecurity education on the rise, password hygiene has not improved. Regardless of generational differences across Boomers, Millennials and Gen Z, the research shows a false sense of password security given current behaviors across the board. In addition, LastPass found that […]

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The future of MFA is passwordless

Secret Double Octopus and Dimensional Research surveyed over 300 IT professionals with responsibility for workforce identities and their security at organizations with more than 1,000 employees, in order to learn more about the state of workforce passwordless authentication and multi-factor authentication (MFA) usage. Into the future with enterprise passwordless solutions The survey isolated perceptions and […]

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Training Tip: Create and Store Strong Passwords

A strong CNetID password is your first line of defense against anyone trying to gain access to your University account. To create a strong CNetID password, choose one that contains at least 12 characters and combines uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. You can also select a passphrase, which contains at least 19 characters, […]

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Can your passwords withstand threat actors’ dirty tricks?

Password security hinges on the answer to that seemingly simple question. Unfortunately, you can’t know the answer until you’ve engaged a ruthless penetration tester to find out if your environment can stand up to the frighteningly good password cracking skills of today’s most nefarious hackers. The whole purpose of hiring skilled penetration testers (“pentesters”) is […]

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What type of fraud enables attackers to make a living?

A consumer’s online account where they login and input their passwords is a very lucrative target for cybercriminals. In this Help Net Security video, David Senecal, VP of Architecture and Research at Arkose Labs, talks about the economics involved in online fraud attacks, and illustrates what type of fraud enables attackers to make a living. […]

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Overcoming the roadblocks to passwordless authentication

It’s a well-known fact that humans are the weakest link in any security strategy. Verizon’s latest annual data breach report found that over 80% of breaches in the “Basic Web Application Attacks” incident pattern were due to stolen credentials. Not surprisingly, the root causes of most breaches are social engineering, default passwords, or sharing passwords, […]

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