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Search engine exposes hackers’ passwords to solicit donations

Some hackers are learning what it’s like when the hunters become the hunted. A new search engine called Indexeus offers an easy way for ne’er-do-wells to look up login credentials from over a hundred hacks, including recent high-profile dumps of Adobe and Yahoo credentials. But there’s a catch: most of the data indexed by the service comes from hacks of forums and websites popular with the underground hacker community. In other words, the search engine is marketing itself to the same people that it is exposing.

Also known as protection money

But that’s all part of the business plan, reports Krebs on Security. The men behind Indexeus planned to offer protection services — pay the site a “donation” of $ 1 per record, and you can have your…

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Healthcare.gov users asked to reset passwords following Heartbleed bug

The officials are requesting that Healthcare.gov users reset their passwords after a continuing internal review by the Department of Homeland security flagged the site as possibly being vulnerable to a Heartbleed exploit. The move to reset passwords is being taken “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a a notice published on the site, which serves as a portal for the health insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare. In addition, the note says that “there’s no indication” that any information was revealed through Heartbleed.

Critics of the Affordable Care Act may seize the opportunity to attack the much-maligned Healthcare.gov website, which was plagued by bugs during its launch last year. Those site issues have since been…

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7 Android Apps to Create and Manage Passwords

Online accounts are password-protected from unauthorized access, but how secure this password protection is depends on your ability to create strong passwords. This is easy if you only have 1 or 2 accounts, but when you have multiple accounts, each protected by complex passwords that are different from one another, memorizing them all might not be easy.

Using one password for all accounts is also a death sentence to your online identity. So what is there for us to do? Well, we can use password managers.

We have previously written about password managers for desktops, as well as tools to help you generate random passwords at the click of a button. In this roundup, we will have a look at similar counterparts for Android apps instead. Here are 7 free and premium Android apps to help you create and manage your passwords. Name your favorite in the comments section.

1. 1Password

1Password is an app that makes password management a lot more convenient and safe. One of its best features is its strong password generator that you can use to make up secure passwords for all your accounts.

Besides that, you can store your passwords in a vault locked with a master password — so all you have to do is sign in to your 1Password’s account, use the app’s built-in browser and it will automatically plug in your stored login credentials on the website you are accessing. [Free]

2. LastPass

LastPass is a handy tool that allows you to manage passwords and automate any sort of web form filling. This app offers you the option to store your passwords and other login credentials on their servers for easy access when needed.

Realizing how insecure it is to send passwords for shared accounts to your mates via email, LastPass developers have included the "sharing with friends" feature, which provides a safe and confidential method of sharing login credentials with others as long as they have registered LastPass accounts. [Free]

3. Keeper

Besides the basic features you would expect from a password management app, Keeper also allows syncing with other devices like your computer or tablet. Therefore, you have access to your passwords anytime, anywhere.

Keeper also includes a robust feature that allows sharing on the go and claims to provide the users with unlimited data storage on their servers that are protected by their self-proclaimed world-class security. However, many services provided by Keeper are only available to paying users. [Free]

4. Roboform

If you constantly forget your login details whenever you want to access your accounts, Roboform will come in really handy for you. Besides the usual features like password generator, form filling and password sharing, Roboform’s pro account is equipped with some additional features that will fascinate you.

You will be provided with a USB portability tool that allows you to travel securely with your login credentials on your USB drive. It is also integrated with Dolphin and Firefox browser for mobile. [Free]

5. mSecure

Similar to 1Password, with mSecure you can generate random and unique passwords (using various types of characters, numbers and special symbols) in a matter of seconds. The password generator also comes with a conventional bar that displays the strength of a chosen password.

Besides features like auto-filling of forms, mSecure also provides a visually appealing interface. Once you have signed in to your account, you will find a neatly organized menu of different categories. mSecure also includes an intelligent backup system that sends you notifications when a backup is needed in case you’ve missed it. [$ 9.99]

6. Safe In Cloud Password Manager

Safe In Cloud Password Manager is another great tool that has synchronization with cloud services such as Google Drive, Box, SkyDrive and Dropbox. It has a clean and user-friendly interface. To store your private data, you create cards from predefined templates. There is also a search tool that helps you find any details saved on your cards.

However, the drawback of this app is its browser integration, which is still in the works. To fill in your login credentials on a website, you have to use the floating panel to copy data from the password manager and paste it into your browser. [$ 4.99]

7. eWallet

Despite the lack of exceptional features to distance itself from the competition, eWallet is a tool that provides most of the features someone would need in a password management app, e.g. password generator, storage of login credentials with master password protection, etc.

There is also an option of getting your data synchronized between your Android device and a Windows PC, but additional fees apply. All in all, eWallet is a great choice for securing your valuable data in a digital wallet. [$ 9.99]


    




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Snowden used colleagues’ passwords to access secret files, report says

Edward Snowden was able to download so many secret documents in part because he persuaded as many as 25 of his colleagues to give him their logins and passwords, according to a new report. According to Reuters, Snowden told colleagues at a National Security Agency base in Hawaii that he needed their logins and passwords as part of his job as a systems administrator. Snowden, a former NSA contractor, used those login details to access and download thousands of secret documents. He then shared them with journalists in the worst breach of classified data in the agency’s history.

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Google may lock down access to Chrome’s stored passwords to bolster security

Google’s decision to leave stored Chrome passwords unprotected and just a URL away has caused quite a stir. But it appears the company may soon hide your credentials behind at least one new layer of security. The latest Chrominium build for OS X includes an option that requires users to authenticate with their computer’s system password before it will allow access to the list of stored passwords. That list – which can be viewed by navigating to chrome://settings/passwords in your browser — contains all of the login / password data you’ve told Chrome to save on your behalf. But Google has been criticized for not making it clear enough that those credentials can easily be reviewed by anyone with access to your PC.

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The Bible is telling people your passwords

The Bible is giving your passwords away, according to an Ars Technica report on the future of password cracking. The site spoke to password security researcher Kevin Young, who describes how he and fellow researcher John Dustin fed the book — among 15,000 cribbed from free online repository Project Gutenberg — into their cracking software. The software started to utilize words and phrases found in literature and on websites, and was first used on 344,000 passwords leaked from intelligence firm Stratfor in 2011. Ars Technica says both watched as “a flood of once-stubborn passwords revealed themselves.”

Ars Technica goes on to explain how Young and Dustin — along with other researchers — used the method with later leaks, how…

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This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They’re all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. “Your face, your iris — they’re all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere.”

Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He’s planning to use it to open everything from our phones to our front doors, and even move the car seat exactly how we want it. All we have to do is wear a bracelet.

Martin’s startup, Bionym, is going public with its first device, the Nymi, after research and development that goes back more than 10 years. It centers on a person’s electrocardiogram, a measure not of your heart rate but of the electrical activity generated by your heart. A person’s ECG…

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Tumblr tells iOS users to download security update, change their passwords

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Users of Tumblr’s iOS app are advised to immediately install a new security update and change their passwords, says the company, following the discovery of a security vulnerability. (Passwords could be “sniffed” — intercepted on local networks — in some versions of the app.) A representative told The Verge that “earlier today, Tumblr was notified of a security vulnerability introduced in our iOS app,” and immediately acted to close it and notify affected users. iOS 7 will bring automatic app updating to Apple’s platform, getting rid of the need to plead with people to install security updates once it arrives this fall. In the meantime, be sure to download version 3.4.1 of Tumblr from the App Store.

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Unsecured passwords, photos, and other files found on Amazon’s cloud

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By not setting their cloud storage accounts to private, businesses and developers have been inadvertently allowing unauthorized parties to retrieve sensitive documents, images and other files previously believed to be inaccessible. According to Net Security, just by probing Amazon’s S3 servers with automatically generated URLs for a number of major companies and websites, security researcher Will Vandevanter was able to discover 12,328 unique S3 “buckets,” 1,951 of which were left open to the public.

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20 Useful Online Tools To Generate Random Passwords

The purpose of password protecting something is to prevent unauthorized access and make it personal. For this reason, a password needs to be strong enough that no one can guess it yet easy enough that you can remember it. Setting a weak password means that you are putting your valuable information at the risk of loss or theft. Whereas, a strong and good password provides security for your information.

Certainly, no one wants to be get into the troubles of privacy breach and security threats when it comes to their personal and confidential data. Here, we are presenting some random password generators tools that can generate strong password. Moreover, you will also be provided with some tips to create strong passwords as well as do’s and don’ts of creating a secure password.

Pass Creator

Random Password Generator

Password Bird Password Generator

Password Boy

LittleLite Password Generator

Random Password

WinTinker Password Generator 1.0

Automated Password Generator Online

Norton Identity Safe Password Generator

Password Chart

Secure Password Generator

New Password Generator

SafePasswd

Designeus Pronounceable Password Generator

SoftFuse Password Generator

Xyzzy

Random Password Generator

Phonetic Password Generator

Techzoom Password Generator

Secure Password Generator


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