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

OPINION: Don

A recent report from Microsoft Corp.’s research division says that many IT shops have gotten out of hand with regularly scheduled password changes. The study argues that while IT security advice is complex and

Published on: April 14th, 2010 Rafael Ruffolo

Perfect authentication remains elusive

For years, leaders of the security industry have warned that passwords have outlived their usefulness. Users pick easy-to-crack passwords like the name of a dog or a favourite movie. They're written on post-it

Published on: March 3rd, 2010 Bill Brenner