May 3, 2013

For the Love of Security: End-of-Week Link Round-Up

Tech news this week was dominated by the LivingSocial hack, which affected some 50 million customers. LivingSocial advised that all users reset their passwords, and as we mentioned earlier, you can use LastPass to login and generate a new password for you, and also update the passwords for any other accounts using the same or similar password. See Monday's blog post for more thoughts.

A few other articles that caught our eye:  

Why your password can't have symbols--or be longer than 16 characters << Ars Technica discusses the sheer variety of password practices across sites and services, some of which are counter-intuitive and maddening. There's no question of the need for a password manager to centrally store and "remember" your passwords for you, since it's near-impossible to cope with all the variations of password requirements.

Twitter Warns Journalists: We Believe These Attacks Will Continue << Twitter sent a memo to news organizations stating that, while Twitter continues to work to improve security for its users, the organizations are also responsible for implementing better security standards. Amongst their recommendations were the company-wide use of password managers, with a nod to LastPass as a solution. This is a message we hope continues to spread; as we said above, end-users need to be just as proactive now in protecting their online life.

Teenage Password Security: Risk of Identity Theft << While they're arguably the most tech-savvy generation, the current teenage population is opening itself up to significant risks of identity theft due to poor password strategies coupled with over-sharing online. We'll add that this demographic typically believes they "don't have data worth stealing", so it's clear more education is needed here to provide tools for better password hygiene while highlighting the true costs of identity theft.

And can you believe it?
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The World Wide Web turns 20! In 1989, the World Wide Web was invented by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee. Check out CERN's article for some more fun facts. Not to be confused with the Internet - the Internet is the technical system that makes the World Wide Web possible. The Web can be thought of as an "application" that runs on the Internet that allows us to share information and interface with each other via the web pages that load in our web browsers, so we can share all those awesome cat memes.

Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

2 comments:

  1. The World Wide Web turns 20!
    In 1989, the World Wide Web was invented etc.

    1989 + 20

    I'm 50 and can tell you that your mathematics is the same good as mine.

    (born in 1963 and it's now 2013: 63-13=50) ;)

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    1. Haha, good point :) But it wasn't publicly available until 1993, which is where the 20 years comes from.

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