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Stop using these stupid, stupid passwords immediately

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Stop using these stupid, stupid passwords immediately
"Another fool who used 'password.' Time to harvest some credit card numbers."
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Some people simply can’t stop using stupid, weak passwords. An analysis of the phrases used to secure various accounts in 2022 finds that “password” was used 4.9 million times, making it the most popular. And the rest of the top 10 are all easily guessed, too.

Also, using “tinder” as your Tinder password isn’t nearly as clever as you think it is. Many thousands of other people had the same idea.

Apple’s new biometric Passkeys may kill passwords for good

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Apple's new Passkey system on a MacBook
Apple's Passkeys promise to kill passwords forever.
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If passwords are the bane of your life, Apple’s got some good news. The company just introduced Passkeys, a new biometric system that can’t be phished, stolen or compromised.

“We’ve helped create a next-generation credential that’s more secure, easier to use and aims to replace passwords for good,” said Darin Adler, VP internet Technologies, during Monday’s WWDC22 keynote.

How to find and fix passwords that hackers have stolen

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How to find and update passwords that hackers already have
If hackers steal the passwords you use to log into websites, your Apple device can warn you and help you change them.
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There’s a good chance that some company’s lax security has already let hackers steal the password you use for their website. And it could have happened with a bunch of them. Fortunately, your Apple devices make it easy to find out which of your passwords have leaked out so you can change them.

It’s World Password Day. Take this as an excuse to fix these problems now.

Apple, Google and Microsoft expand support for passwordless sign‑ins

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Face ID
You could soon be using Face ID to sign into more websites and applications.
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Apple, Google and Microsoft committed themselves to expand support for a passwordless sign-in standard. The goal is to make it easier for websites and applications to offer consistent, secure and easy passwordless sign-ins.

It’s a move toward greater support for biometric security systems like the ones already included in iPhone, Mac and iPad.

Apple joins alliance dedicated to reducing world’s reliance on passwords

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Apple joins alliance dedicated to reducing world's reliance on passwords
This image quickly vanished from Twitter. But not the internet.
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Apple has signed up as a member to the FIDO Alliance, an organization whose mission is to develop and promote authentication standards for reducing the world’s reliance on passwords.

The news was made public in the form of a photo from a recent FIDO Alliance conference, describing Apple as a new member of the group. However, the tweet was rapidly deleted. Nonetheless, the FIDO website confirms that Apple is a board-level member.

Google adds enhanced privacy tools to Maps and YouTube

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Google Maps and YouTube privacy tools
It's getting easier to not be tracked in Maps. And YouTube is getting a timed history auto-delete.
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Google just promised that Incognito mode will soon be added to Maps. And YouTube is getting timed auto-delete for the user’s video history. In addition, a new Password Checkup tool helps users avoid common passcodes.

This advertising company has been making similar changes to its other services in hopes of shaking a reputation for privacy invasion.

iOS 13 bug exposes all your saved passwords

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There's a bug in the latest version of iOS 13's beta.
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Users have discovered a bug in the iOS 13 beta which makes it easy for people to access the “Website & App Passwords” data in Settings.

The security flaw makes it simple to bypass the biometric authentication section in Settings when accessing your iCloud Keychain passwords.

Facebook admits hundreds of millions of passwords were exposed

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Facebook owns 4 of the top 10 apps of the past decade
The issues keep piling up for Facebook.
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It’s time to change your Facebook and Instagram passwords again.

Facebook revealed today that it unknowingly stored hundreds of millions of passwords in a readable format on its internal storage systems. There’s no information yet that the passwords were accessed by any nefarious people, but you should probably update yours, just in case.

Easily share your wireless network with Wifi Porter [Review]

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Wifi Porter uses NFC to easily transfer your wireless network’s login details to smartphones.
Wifi Porter uses NFC to transfer your wireless network’s login details to smartphones.
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Wifi Porter takes the hassle out of letting friends or guests access your wireless network. Just tap this accessory from Ten One Design with your iPhone or Android device and the login details will be transferred. 

The hardware is attractive, and it’s certainly a unique idea, but Apple’s implementation of NFC creates some hassles for iPhone users.

Stop using these terrible, terrible passwords

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Fraudster steals $16k from victim posing as Apple tech support
“Can you believe this guy’s bank password is ‘password’? I love idiots.”
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You lock your house, right? And your car? It’s equally important to lock your data with a secure password. But year after year people insist on using the same easily-guessed passcodes.

The list of “Worst Passwords of 2018” is out, and if your favorite is on there you really need to change it to something more secure.