Behavior-based typing analysis may strengthen passwords

Before the computer age, spies sent some reports by Morse code.  Each had his or her own way of sending dots and dashes, which was called their "fist." Intelligence officers worried if an

Published on: August 18th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Researchers give a red light to Web-based password managers

If you're like me, you have at least a dozen online passwords to keep track of. For work alone there are five I need almost daily. IT security pros following best practices insist

Published on: July 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Are Canadian bank passwords safe enough?

Since the dawn of computing typing passwords on a keyboard has been the standard way of ensuring secure access to IT systems. But an article on GlobeandMail.com today questions whether Google and Twitter

Published on: April 30th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Employees not so smart about employer data on their smartphones: survey

Don't leave your smartphone on the table at the coffee shop. It's sensible advice. And yet too many users do the equivalent of just that, even when what's at stake goes way beyond

Published on: April 28th, 2014 Andrew Brooks

How simple changes can beef up passwords

Remember when the IT department used to remind users not to stick onto their computer screens post-it-notes with their passwords on it? Security threats have evolved since then but unfortunately our ability to

Published on: September 23rd, 2013 Nestor E. Arellano

Toronto firm uses heartbeat as password

Sure they’re being used on the new iPhone 5S, but fingerprint scanners are so yesterday. Toronto biometrics firm Bionym Inc., is offering something definitely newer. The company has developed a wearable authentication device

Published on: September 13th, 2013 Nestor E. Arellano

Twitter settles FTC privacy complaint

Social-networking giant Twitter Inc. has agreed to settle a complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleging that the company deceived users and put their privacy at risk by failing to take appropriate

Published on: June 24th, 2010 Grant Gross

Interview with Terry Childs juror

Terry Childs' guilty conviction struck a nerve with IT staffers this week.Here was a man who, by all accounts, was good at his job, though lacking in interpersonal skills. Suddenly, on July 9,

Published on: May 4th, 2010 Robert McMillan

After verdict, debate rages in Terry Childs case

The guilty verdict in the case of Terry Childs, a former network administrator for the city of San Francisco who was charged with locking up a key city network for days in 2008, is evoking

Published on: April 28th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan