"If you thought passwords will soon be dead, think again," writes Zack Whittaker in
. "They're here to stay - for now. Passwords are cumbersome and hard to remember - and just when you did, you're told to change it again. And sometimes passwords can be guessed and are easily hackable.
Nobody likes passwords but they're a fact of life. And while some have tried to kill them off by replacing them with fingerprints and face-scanning technology, neither are perfect and many still resort back to the trusty (but frustrating) password.
How do you make them better? You need a password manager..."
"Because you can't hack back without breaking the law, these tactics will frustrate, deceive, and annoy intruders instead," notes Kelly Sheridan in
"When you see an attacker on your network, it's understandable to want to give them a taste of their own medicine. But how can you effectively anger intruders when "hacking back" is illegal?..."
"If you find passwords annoying, you might not like two-factor authentication much,"
opines Zack Whittaker in Tech Crunch
. "But security experts say it's one of the best ways to protect your online accounts.
Simply put, two-factor authentication adds a second step in your usual log-in process. Once you enter your username and password, you'll be prompted to enter a code sent as a text message or an email, or sometimes as a push notification on your phone.
In all, it usually only adds a few extra seconds to your day..."
Brian NeSmith of Forbes Technology Council
writes in Forbes
"In terms of annual storylines in cybersecurity, 2018 didn't disappoint. Industry uproar ensued after Spectre and Meltdown exposed computer chip vulnerabilities, and VPNFilter malware exposed new dangers to routers and network-attached storage products.
Once again, the biggest, most trusted brands suffered costly and damaging data breaches. Victims included Amazon and Facebook, Macy's and Kmart, Adidas and Under Armour, Delta Airlines and Cathay Pacific - and that's just a start. And concerns around the cyber tampering of our elections, including allegations of foreign hacking of the Democratic National Committee, along with new international security standards that put a greater onus on global corporations (such as the General Data Protection Regulation), made 2018 a busy year for cybersecurity followers..."
"Here are Computer Weekly's top 10 IT security stories of 2018,"
writes Warwick Ashford
"Just as WannaCry and NotPetya were the top IT security challenges of 2017, the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre microprocessor vulnerabilities, and several similar vulnerabilities in the months that followed, were probably the single most challenging developments for enterprise IT security teams in 2018.
As enterprise teams raced to patch their systems, they faced patches that are incompatible, leading to crashes, reduced performance and lock-ups. And months after the bugs were disclosed, security experts are still divided over their significance, with some saying they opened up a dangerous new avenue of attacks, while others believe Meltdown and Spectre are not nearly as threatening as other recent bugs...."
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