It’s time to rethink your password strategy

In 2003, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stated that strong passwords should consist of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Recently, however, the institute reversed its stance. Find out why and learn what their new recommendations are for creating strong passwords. The problem The issue isn’t that the NIST advised people […]

Collection #1 Data Breach

You may have heard about the latest data breach called Collection # 1. Instead of this breach targeting a large company or information on the dark web, this was unique because it is over 700 MILLION personal email addresses and passwords. A small portion of these email addresses and passwords were available, IN PLAIN TEXT, for free, for anyone to download.

Your password may be poor — update it now

For years, we’ve been told that strong passwords include three things: upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. And why wouldn’t we when the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) told us they were the minimum for robust passwords? Here’s why not and how it involves you. The problem The issue isn’t necessarily that […]

Your passwords are not secure

A password policy designed for federal agencies must be secure, right? Surprisingly, that hasn’t been the case according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). On the hook for the password best practices that we still use today — the combination of letters, capitalizations, and numbers — NIST admits that the existing guidelines […]