Tag Archives: Passwords

Payment Services Directive

29 Nov

So, Tesco was hacked. Although there is no official word yet on how this happened, the chatter among people far smarter than me are suggesting the issue is related to passwords and the Tesco Club card.

Followers of CyberMatters will recognise that I often blog about password issues. Is there anything new to say on the subject I hear you ask? Yes…  Continue reading

How can firms protect themselves from ransomware?

5 Oct

In a previous blog post I wrote about the rise of ransomware over the last year. In this post I will briefly outline what steps organisations should take to avoid becoming the next victim of ransomware. Continue reading

Top cyber crime threats to East Midlands businesses

20 Sep

I recently attended the East Midlands Cyber Crime Breakfast, where a panel of experts outlined what they saw as the principal cyber crime threats that were affecting organisations in the East Midlands. Continue reading

We cannot let passwords die (yet)

4 Aug

I’m getting fed up with marketing that says “Passwords must die” only to present yet another solution that won’t replace them. 

The challenge to solve is ubiquity – this is why passwords have stood the test of time, even with their obvious and proven shortcomings.

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Why is my Password Too Long?

26 Jan

Dear Virgin Media

I recently decided it was time to change my password on my NTLWorld email account (managed by Virgin Media).  I entered a new password only to be told “Password too long”. How long was my password? 11 characters. 10 characters are OK apparently. Continue reading

Cyber Matters Top 10 posts from 2015

22 Dec

As 2016 approaches, I thought it would be nice to look back on 2015 and share with you the Top 10 most viewed blog posts here on Cyber Matters. Let the countdown begin … Continue reading

Phishing Nets

1 Dec

Phishing is one of the most common forms of cyber-attack at the current time.  Effectively attackers try and fool you to providing sensitive data such as user names and password into fake web sites. Continue reading

Two-Factor Authentication Phishing

6 Oct

I’ve not blogged on two-factor authentication for a while – the roll out among major providers is encouraging – Come on Amazon and Virgin Media, it’s about time you stepped up.

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Biometrics do not solve password problems

21 Apr

One year on from the Heartbleed episode, we see more and more reports of passwords being stolen. Every time it happens some commentator or vendors will come forward and say biometrics are the answer.

They are not…

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Home Router Password Failure

17 Feb

Good security advice is you should (must) change the default password on your home broadband router. Recent experience suggests to me this is not sufficient.

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