Over at firstlook.org, The Intercept has an article on creating passphrases (not passwords) that are strong and memorizable. The trick lies in the number of elements (that is, how many words are used in the passphrase) and randomness. Indeed, the principle is not different from how encryption works to secure data. For example, AlertBoot’s managed […] read more
If you’re not a gamer or interested in computer games, you may not be familiar with Twitch, a site that streams live feeds of people playing (and commenting on) titles like League of Legends or Counter-Strike. However, the site is extremely popular – techcrunch.com notes that it’s the “fourth largest site… in terms of peak […] read more
According to theage.com.au, one of the most sought-after (and currently incarcerated) hackers was identified and trapped because he used his pet’s name as his password to his Mac disk encryption. At least, he thinks that’s how it happened. He’s probably right, seeing how it was “Chewy123”. The Interview In an interview conducted with Jeremy Hammond, […] read more
SMB Laptop Encryption: Yoga Studio Has Laptop Theft, Doesn’t Know Password-Protection Doesn’t Do Anything.
As more companies begin to realize the importance of using encryption software like AlertBoot (sometimes prodded by industry regulators and state, federal, and national law), we are beginning to find that data breaches are beginning to shift towards smaller business concerns. Take for example the following story about a yoga studio in Canada. Laptop Stolen, […] read more
According to milforddailynews.com, 3000 students who receive Medicaid reimbursements had their personal information compromised. The data breach occurred when a laptop belonging to Multi-State Billing Services was stolen from an employee’s vehicle. The use of full disk encryption would have prevented the data breach; furthermore, seeing how this took place in Massachusetts – and involved […] read more
What is the worst password? According to pcworld.com, the top worst password is 123456. The site goes on to note that it finally “dethroned” perennial worst password winner password. Familiar entries, for those who follow this kind of stuff, comprise the rest of the “worst passwords” in their top 25 list. A hint: if you’re […] read more
Earlier this week, I blogged on the massive Adobe password data breach. Today, I’ve come across another password breach that impacted a considerable number of people: over 800,000 people were affected when MacRumors was attacked by hackers. The site was using best practices when it got attacked (salted password hashes). I forgot to add last […] read more
The scoop at arstechnica.com is that Adobe’s attack from one month ago netted hackers a 9.3 gigabyte file full of passwords. Approximately 130 million passwords and clues to the password are present in the file. And while Adobe did take the time to protect it – encryption was used, although it’s nowhere as powerful as […] read more
Wired is reporting that the password cracking program “ocl-Hashcat-plus” is now able to crack passwords up to 55 characters long. The importance of strong, unique passwords is not lost on people who use managed laptop disk encryption like AlertBoot FDE. However, at some point, one has to wonder whether lengthier passwords are the answer to […] read more
Education Encryption: Laptop Encryption Beats Locked Rooms, Shows University Of South Carolina Data Breach.
The use of laptop encryption in higher education, especially by faculty and staff, seems like a no-brainer to me. After all, such computers are full of personal information, not only of the devices’ owners themselves but also of the student body (they still use SSNs as student IDs, don’t they?). While the Department of Education […] read more