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There are two main reasons that passwords are becoming outdated – cyber criminals using increasingly sophisticated tools to crack them, and plain old human error when people create them.

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Mid-Size Businesses at Increased Risk of Cyber Attacks & Data Breaches

Cyber crime has cost mid-size businesses more than €33 million in the UK in 2018, according to a recently-released report by financial services firm Grant Thornton. More than 500 UK businesses were surveyed as part of the study, Cyber Security: the board report.

Reputation loss was the most commonly reported impact of a cyber attack, according to 58% of respondents.
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First Large GDPR-Era Fine Handed Down to British Airways (£183m)

In a move that is likely to shock corporations in Europe and beyond, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined British Airways (BA) just over £183 million, due to a 2018 data breach in which personal data belonging to 500,000 of its’ customers was compromised. The move marks the first large fine handed down to a company since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May of last year and, shockingly, was less than 50% of the maximum fine that the ICO could have set for BA.

In 2018, British Airways suffered a breach that exposed credit card info, names, addresses, travel details and login credentials for 500,000 customers
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Three Major Antivirus Companies Breached by Russian Hackers

In the latest major security breach to rock the business world, three major US-based antivirus companies have been hit by Russian hacker group Fxmsp. Fxmsp, who are well known in the cyber security community for previous high-profile breaches, began advertising the spoils of their latest venture on the dark web for upwards of $300,000, while providing strong evidence of their claims.

Fxmsp is known for selling access to large, global corporate networks on the dark web.
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DHL Phishing Campaign Found to Contain New Strain of Malware

Every year, the number of phishing scams seems to be increasing, with the malware-ridden emails getting continually more sophisticated and convincing. The latest global phishing campaign purporting to be from international courier giants DHL has been tricking users into opening a fake PDF attachment – and subsequently unleashed a previously unseen piece of malware to wreak havoc on their PCs.

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