Do you use 123456 as a password? We hope not, as it was the number one most common leaked password on the dark web according to a recent article from cnbc.com. Other common passwords were 111111, ABC123, and, of course, Password. The list of 20 common passwords was identified by the company, Lookout, from passwords
Privacy Tip #315 – Redline Malware Used to Steal Saved Credentials
Passwords are so difficult to remember. We all know we shouldn’t use the same or similar passwords across platforms. Stolen password credentials are dumped on the dark web and criminals use the stolen passwords to steal other data from victims, including frequent flyer miles, online banking credentials, cryptocurrency and other digital assets, and to get…
UK Information Commissioner’s Office Issues Guidance on Use of Encryption and Passwords in Connection with GDPR
The “security principle” under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires that organizations process personal data securely by means of “appropriate” technical and organizational measures. This month, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued new guidance focused on two specific measures the ICO recommends that companies consider in complying with the GDPR security requirements: encryption and passwords.
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Hardware Password Defaults – Do You Change Them?
IT professionals have long understood the importance of changing the default password for network connected hardware devices (printers, switches, wireless access points, etc.). In the world of the Internet Of Things it seems everything is connected to the internet, the locks to your house, the refrigerator, your car, the wireless router from the cable company,…
Privacy Tip #18 – Beware of phishing expeditions
So I have been in the data privacy and security world for the past 16 years, and I am still amazed at how savvy hacksters are, and how vulnerable we are to their antics. And…how much havoc they can wreak personally and to our employers.
This week’s privacy tip is about phishing. No, not fishing,…