Social Media Security Podcast 30 – The Password Episode


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Sep 25 2012 41 mins  
This is the 30th episode of the Social Media Security Podcast sponsored by SecureState. This episode was hosted by Tom Eston and Scott Wright. In this episode we talk about the password problem and why we continue to choose easy to guess passwords. Tom and Scott also talk about ways to select more secure passwords and how technology can help. Below are the show notes, links to articles and news mentioned in the podcast:
The password Episode! It’s episode 30!

* Study shows hackers more focused on passwords than those who create them

Major password breaches in the last few months:

* Formspring (420,000)
* LinkedIn (6 million)
* eHarmony (1.5 million)
* Last.fm (2.5 million)
* Blizzard Battle.net

Brute force attacks on passwords is the #1 way we break into companies during pentests! Want to see the poor passwords people choose? SkullSecurity has very good lists from previous breaches. Looking for more information? Tom wrote a white paper on how easy it is to profile user passwords on social networks.

The password problem. Users continue to make poor password choices. Why?

* Too many to remember?

* It’s easier to use the same password for each site
* Also the same user id and email

* Failures in user awareness?
* Users are not provided the technology to help
* Social networks and other sites make it easy to choose weak passwords, little adoption of two factor authentication because users will complain
* Mobile apps are not designed to constantly enter passwords. This is why you “stay logged in”.

Worse case scenario?

* Mat Honan’s “Epic” Hacking

What is the solution?

* It’s tough but we need to stop blaming the companies that hold our data…take personal responsibility and educate yourself!
* It’s also complex to figure out a solution.
* Technology can help: KeePass, 1Password, LastPass, Google Two-Step Verification (application specific passwords), Facebook Two Factor

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