One in five hacked logins match Microsoft accounts. What’s happening is that people sign in to their Xbox, Skydrive, Messenger, Hotmail and other accounts with the same user name and password. In short, it may not be a good idea to use the same password for lots of different apps.
LastPass removes all passwords saved by your computer when you surf the web, so hackers can’t get at them. It also saves an encrypted version of your password list online and automatically fills in your passwords when you visit your favorite sties.
Everyone touts RoboForm Password Manager as a free online service for saving passwords. A new one we tried is PassPack.com, another free service that saves every password securely online. Sit down at any computer and recover those hard-to-remember passwords and “pin” numbers. You can also safely send passwords to colleagues, or share private messages. Start by logging in to PassPack and clicking on an icon to copy your password information to your clipboard. To paste it into your account, you can hold down “CNTRL” and tap the “V” key in Windows, or the Command and V keys on the Mac. The service has an option that lets you log-in automatically to all your favorite accounts as soon as you sign [...]
ElcomSoft’s password cracker is so good they almost went to jail for it. Now they have a new beta version for the iPhone and iPod Touch that can crack any password, encrypted or not, to retrieve address books, call logs, text message archives, calendars, photos, voice mails, emails, apps and Web history. The beta version is free to try at elcomsoft.com/download/eppb.zip. ElcomSoft is a Russian software company specializing in cryptography. They sell numerous programs for cracking encrypted files, passwords, protection codes, etc. Some are quite expensive: $1,400. But others cost as little $39. Is any of this legal? Well, apparently it is. We did some research and found that this is a more open issue than one would think. Several [...]
Researchers at the University of Calif. in Santa Barbara found that 38 percent of identities stolen by a malicious kind of software known as the Torpig botnet were obtained because the users had “auto fill” turned on.
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Like 63 percent of everybody, we use one simple password for most of our online transactions. This is dangerous. If you’re at a coffee shop using a free wireless connection, the person next to you can lift your password. SignupShield is a free program that can prevent this.
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