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Five top tips for secure password protection


He is responsible for the information security management and the continuous improvement of information security standards within the company. The security of your business is of paramount importance. However, when it comes to safeguarding businesses from online threats, only 15% of the UK population feel they know how to protect themselves from harmful activity. No matter the size of your business, the first line of defence from hackers and unwanted visitors is creating a sound password protection strategy. While biometric and facial recognition technologies may be increasing in popularity, text-based, alphanumeric passwords will continue to be the norm for the foreseeable future.

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Microsoft realizes password expiration is poor security


Thinking of a secure password is hard, so demanding a user change it every 60 days fills many with dread and leads to weaker security. Microsoft has realized this and decided to remove default password expiry as a security baseline feature in Windows 10. When organizations deploy Windows 10 to tens, hundreds, or even thousands of employees, default security out the box is very important. That's why Microsoft provides Windows security baselines, which consist of a group of Microsoft-recommended configuration settings that can be relied upon to provide a more secure operating system. As part of the baseline, Microsoft in the past stipulated a 60-day password expiration policy, which meant every user was forced to change their password every couple of months (unless an organization changed the configuration).

6 inventive approaches for better password security


A strong password helps keep your information – and money – secure. When your passwords are weak, you put yourself at risk for identity theft, credit/debit card fraud and a whole slew of other un-fun consequences. We've all heard the basics about creating a good password: make it long, use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, and avoid anything that could easily be associated with you. "Person-on-the-street interviews showed that people aren't taking active steps to help protect themselves from fraud or don't know what they should be doing," says Dr. Brad Klontz, a financial psychologist who is teaming up with Chase to help share tips to prevent fraudulent activity. "By working together, we can help you keep your accounts safer and even more secure," says Michael Cunningham, the managing director of Chase Fraud Operations.

CNBC taught a horribly botched lesson in password security


CNBC just learned a hard, hard lesson about password security. The news outlet posted (and promptly took down) an article on the subject whose centerpiece was a "how strong is your password?" For a start, Google's Adrienne Porter Felt noticed that the box sent your password unencrypted, guaranteeing that any snoop could intercept it and test it against your real accounts. To make matters worse, others discovered that the site sent the password to not just a Google Docs spreadsheet, but to multiple third parties -- when CNBC said "no passwords are being stored," it was flat-out wrong.