If you use Chrome as your browser you should know that it’s surprisingly simple to access all of a person’s passwords saved in Google Chrome. Another surprise: Google’s well aware of this fact, and the company is not planning to do anything about it.
For the full story read : How to Steal Passwords Saved in Google Chrome in 5 Simple Steps | CIO Blogs.
This should be especially worrying considering how many people use the same password for almost all accounts, so even if you don’t use Chrome to store your bank account password you might still be showing more than you bargained for.
After reading the full article you might find yourself wanting to delete the passwords stored in Chrome or make sure that your PC is always locked when you leave it (Windows key – L is a nice shortcut for that). If you decided on the former then may I suggest using Lastpass as a more secure alternative to writing your passwords on post it notes.
Security researchers say they’ve uncovered a weakness in iPhones that force users to connect to Wi-Fi networks that can then steal passwords or other sensitive information.
AT&T iPhones instruct the devices to automatically connect to a Wi-Fi network called attwifi when the signal becomes available, a service designed to speed up browsing. But attackers can set up their own rogue Wi-Fi networks with the same name and collect sensitive data as it passes through. AT&T are not the only company that are doing this, so don’t be smug if you have another carrier.
Researchers tested their hypothesis by setting up several Wi-Fi networks in public areas that used the same SSIDs as official carrier networks. During a presentation on Wednesday at the International Cyber Security Conference, the Skycure researchers set up a network that 448 people connected to during a two-and-a-half-hour period.
The most effective way to prevent iPhones from connecting to networks without the user’s knowledge is to turn off Wi-Fi whenever it’s not needed. Apps are also available that give users control over what SSIDs an iPhone will and won’t connect to.
via iPhones can auto-connect to rogue Wi-Fi networks, researchers warn | Ars Technica.
If you have any concerns about security of the computer you’re using while accessing Facebook you can have them text you a one-time password to use instead of your regular password.
Simply text “otp” to 32665 on your mobile phone (U.S. only), and you’ll immediately receive a password that can be used only once and expires in 20 minutes. In order to use this feature, you’ll need a mobile phone number in your account.
This is a great way to make sure you enjoy a relaxing cup of joe at the airport without the need to hunch over your keyboard. And since many other sites allow you to log in using your Facebook credentials this can help keep you safe on other sites too!
Of course if someone steals your phone and knows your email address (it’s in your phone address book right?) then this might be a simple way for them to get in – so hold on to that phone for dear life!