Engadget: Instagram bug inadvertently exposed some user’s passwords

Engadget: Instagram bug inadvertently exposed some user’s passwords . “According to The Information, Instagram has suffered a serious security leak of its own that could’ve exposed user’s passwords. While Facebook recently had a much more serious problem linked to its ‘View As’ tool that was being actively exploited by… someone, the Instagram issue is linked to its tool that allows users to download a copy of their data.”

TechCrunch: Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy!

TechCrunch: Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy! . “Researchers at Indiana University have confirmed that stringent password policies – aside from being really annoying – actually work. The research, led by Ph.D. student Jacob Abbott, IU CIO Daniel Calarco, and professor L. Jean Camp. They published their findings in a paper entitled ‘Factors Influencing Password Reuse: A Case Study.'”

Engadget: California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device

Engadget: California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device. “In less than two years, anything that can connect to the internet will come with a unique password — that is, if it’s produced or sold in California. The ‘Information Privacy: Connected Devices’ bill that comes into effect on January 1, 2020, effectively bans pre-installed and hard-coded default passwords. It only took the authorities about two weeks to approve the proposal made by the state senate.”

Mozilla Blog: Introducing Firefox Monitor, Helping People Take Control After a Data Breach

Mozilla Blog: Introducing Firefox Monitor, Helping People Take Control After a Data Breach. “Data breaches, when information like your username and password are stolen from a website you use, are an unfortunate part of life on the internet today. It can be hard to keep track of when your information has been stolen, so we’re going to help by launching Firefox Monitor, a free service that notifies people when they’ve been part of a data breach. After testing this summer, the results and positive attention gave us the confidence we needed to know this was a feature we wanted to give to all of our users.”

Hongkiat: 50 Online Tools to Generate Pronounceable / Random Passwords

Hongkiat: 50 Online Tools to Generate Pronounceable / Random Passwords. “…a strong combination of random or pronounceable passwords is not at everyone’s fingertips. In fact, it’s rather difficult and frustrating to come up with one. For such situations, you can take help from online tools to generate random or pronounceable passwords – and that is what this post is about. Take a look at the following list of password generators to decide which one would suit you best.”