Shane Chambers No Comments

Passwords Are Out, Passphrases Are In: How to Keep Your Accounts Secure in 2019

Just a few years ago, if you asked someone how to create a safe password, most people would all say the same thing: Use a mixture of upper- and lower-case letters, symbols and numbers so that it’s too complex for hackers to guess, and you should be safe.

Fast-forward to 2019, however, and you will find more and more people recommending that you use a ‘passphrase’ instead. But what is a passphrase, and why are experts all recommending we use them instead of the traditional password?

Passphrases are believed to be more secure and easier to remember than traditional passwords

There are two main reasons that passwords are becoming outdated – cyber criminals using increasingly sophisticated tools to crack them, and plain old human error when people create them.

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Gerry Morley - Cyber Security & Disaster Recovery Consultant No Comments

Yahoo! Hackers caught with their hands in your cookie jar.

Yahoo Hackers prove they don’t need your online passwords as they can forge your browser cookies to access your online data.

Cookies in cookie jar

Yahoo in December 2016 quietly revealed to its users, in the form of a security update, that their user accounts may have been compromised as recently as last year, after an ongoing cyber security investigation found evidence that hackers managed to create forged cookies to gain access to Yahoo user accounts. Read more

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Websites Can Now Track Online Activity Across Multiple Browsers

New Cross-Browsing Fingerprinting technique can now track online activity across multiple browsers. Coming soon to a browser near you.

Track Online Activity Via Multiple Browsers
You might be aware of websites, banks, retailers, and advertisers tracking your online activities using different Web “fingerprinting” techniques even in incognito/private mode, but now sites can track you anywhere online — even if you switch browsers.

A team of researchers has recently developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique — the first reliable technique to accurately track users across multiple browsers based on information like extensions, plugins, time zone and whether or not an ad blocker is installed. Read more