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Password Complexity vs Password Entropy

In the IT world, we always hear the term password complexity. We are told to have complex passwords that include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. This is beneficial information, but in reality, all complexity does is prevent easily guessed passwords such as: Password, Summer, and Baseball. Password complexity forces users to […]

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A Password to Survive any Audit

Running a password cracker is a standard part of any security audit procedure.  Password crackers generally work in 4 ways – (1) a brute force crack (2) a dictionary crack (3) a hybrid dictionary crack and (4) rainbow tables.  The hybrid attack works by appending common phrases and sequences to dictionary words.  Rainbow tables work […]

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Earning Back Consumer Trust

After all the data breaches in the past 12 months, do consumers trust companies with their personal data? Would you? Do you? Probably not, and rightfully so. Hackers are making big name, Fortune 100, companies look like they don’t know what they are doing when it comes to data security. The (now cliché reference) Target […]

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How to create a strong password in 6 easy steps

One of the best ways to protect yourself from having your information hijacked is to make sure that you are being smart about your password creation. While requirements like password length and special characters might be annoying, they are actually there to encourage you to create a strong password to protect data. Below are some […]

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Top Five Password Policy Mistakes

We’ve all done it. You are in a hurry for a lunch meeting and you want to check your email one last time and up pops a friendly, admittedly annoying, reminder that your password is about to expire. You click “OK”, check your email and dash off to lunch. This charade continues for a few […]

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