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November 11, 2015  2:47 PM

Warning: Password policy reaction may offend (Humor)

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
humor, MEME, Password, Password policies

A friend of mine recently had to inform his staff of a new password policy requiring all of the following: Upper and lower case letters, a number, a special character, at least 12 characters in length and had not been used in the last six months. Someone sent him this meme in reply:

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October 30, 2015  7:24 PM

The biggest password problem is not what you think

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Password policies, Security

We security types love to blame simple, easy-to-guess passwords for all our problems. We come up with ways for people to generate complex, hard-to-guess passwords that are yet easy to remember. We educate, we cajole, sometimes we shout. We chant our mantra: "Long, complex...long, complex..." Many...


October 16, 2015  4:45 PM

Should you keep using LastPass?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
LastPass, Security

Gosh, I've been busier than a centipede on a tightwire and now this. The big news last week is that LastPass was purchased by LogMeIn. LastPass is the

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October 7, 2015  2:14 PM

Video: The TSA makes us more secure, right? Wrong!

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
humor, Security, security awareness, Security scan, Security threats, Video

I like this guy. His special guest is one of my favorite security researchers, too. Enjoy! [brightcove]


September 30, 2015  7:14 PM

Password guidance from Britain’s CPNI

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Password management, Password policies, Passwords, Security

Britain's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), which works with General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), recently issued a publication...


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...


September 18, 2015  7:37 PM

Ransomware on the rise

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, cybercriminals, malware, Ransomware, Security

cryptolockerAccording to the...


August 30, 2015  1:07 AM

Video: Lighten up! Password humor

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
humor, Passwords, Security, Video

I simply have to try this someday. It's hilarious! No better therapy for the IT Blues than a good laugh. [brightcove]


August 30, 2015  12:36 AM

Infected PC? Refresh or restore

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
malware, Restore, Security, system recovery

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I'm still seeing PCs with serious malware infections that defy any and all attempts to clean them up. I used to persevere and eventually succeed in killing whatever beasties were inhabiting the dark recesses of the system. Just last week, I...


July 29, 2015  5:19 PM

More on a novel password strengthening approach

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Brute force attack, cybercriminals, Hackers, Password cracking, password encryption and decryption., Password hack, Security

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