Posts tagged: Hackers

25 most common passwords – is yours on here?

In this future world, unless you’re someone who doesn’t use passwords at all (and if you are we’d love to meet you), then chances are you have one if not a few trusted go to words or phrases that you use as passwords.

 

In this day and age, passwords protect our online identity, our finances, our family, our everything, so they should be strong, memorable and ship shape! But are they?

 

SplashData, a Los Gatos, Calif.-based company that makes password-management applications  just released the top 25 most common passwords from more than 2 million leaked passwords that were posted online by hackers. Most of the data came from people in North America and Western Europe.

 

From the Sauce, SplashData chief executive Morgan Slain:

 

“We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers.”

 

And, ladies and gents, here they are, in all their glory.

 

123456
password
12345678
qwerty
12345
123456789
football
1234
1234567
baseball
welcome
1234567890
abc123
111111
1qaz2wsx
dragon
master
monkey
letmein
login
princess
qwertyuiop
solo
passw0rd
starwars

 

If you see yours on here? Probably change that ish. Use a phrase if you can remember it, or alternatively, a mixture of numbers, letters and symbols. Check out some useful tips for password creation and strengthening here. 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone 5S Touch ID MANIA

 

 

 

 

 

So there’s been a bunch of stuff doing the rounds about Touch ID, the Apple iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor. We thought we’d clear a little bit of it up for you, because some of it sounds stupid and some of it sounds  a little bit scary.

 

Number 1. Yes, apparently you can use the fingerprint sensor with your toe, or other ( cough) appendages. We haven’t personally tried it, because we don’t really get the point. But it is apparently a thing, so that’s cool we guess. Not as cool as this picture of Bruce Willis though.

 

 

Number 2, Yes, some dudes called the Chaos computer club hacked the fingerprint sensor, which allowed them access to someone’s phone without them having to use the owners finger.

 

 

 

 

But it’s really ok, guys. We mean, we don’t know what kind of information you guys have stored in your iPhones, but unless you’re James Bond or the like, chances are people are not going to want to go through what these guys went through in order to get into your iPhone. Especially when they can just make you tell them your PIN if you have one.

 

The German Chaos computer club used the same method that people do to hack into other fingerprint authentication systems, except with a few minor improvements because Apple made their fingerprint sensor using a super unusually high resolution scanner.

 

In their own words:

 

“First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone.”

 

 

Simple stuff right? Ummm… not really. We think we’ll be fine.

 

 

It is still something to know and understand, of course, because it could lead to issues down the line – these are only the first guys to have successfully done it, there are no doubt plenty more guys out there trying to prove they’re smarter than Apple.

 

 

Until then, enjoy Touch ID. Just… if you’re going to enjoy it in weird ways, with weird parts of your body, let people know before they touch your phone, yeah? Yeah. Cool.

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Macrumors, freakingnews.com & petsadvisor.com