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September 29, 2015  3:41 PM

Passwords today: How long and how complex is enough?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data breach, High performance computing, Passwords, Security

In these days of of high profile data breaches, it behooves us to take another look (or two) at passwords.  Computing power has increased at phenomenal rates over the years making it (relatively) straightforward to defeat short and simple passwords with common, freely available hacking tools. If...

February 15, 2015  6:48 PM

Two good ways to make sure your email isn’t pwned

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data breach, Email, Hackers, Security, Security breaches

computer_thiefBreaches,...


February 9, 2015  6:12 PM

Beware Anthem phishing attempts

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, cyberscams, Data breach, Phishing, Security

In the wake of the Anthem breach, which affected approximately 80 million customers, cyber-criminals are launching phishing attacks by faking notifications from the company. They look pretty convincing...


October 16, 2014  12:28 PM

Password Mindsets and Landmines

Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler Profile: Jeff Cutler
Authentication, computer, Data breach, Hackers, Security

The history of the password takes a few paths…none of which really makes sense if you’re focused on usability. But let’s jump in…

Once upon a time it was enough to be able to remember your first pet’s name and use that as your password for everything. Who...


October 3, 2014  1:40 PM

JP Morgan Chase – Security Tactics 101

Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler Profile: Jeff Cutler
Client, Data breach, Security

A new credit card came in the mail today. An actual card. Not an offer, not a temporary or fake card, but an actual, ready-to-activate credit card from a major financial institution.

What am I supposed to do with it? It feels great to be...


September 30, 2014  8:12 PM

According to employees, Home Depot was vulnerable for years

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data breach, Security, Software vulnerabilities, vulnerability management

On top of that, Home Depot hired a person who had been fired from another company for sabotaging their network. According to this article on ars technica,

Home Depot...


May 22, 2014  8:21 PM

eBay passwords breached: Change your password now

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data breach, Ebay, Paypal, Security, Two factor authentication

If you have an account on eBay, be sure to change your password now. eBay has confirmed that they suffered a breach that revealed non-financial user data. From the ebay inc blog:

eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said...


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