passwords

Wed
19
Apr
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Password Security: Are You at Risk?

There's no doubt about it, security is a hard problem to solve. The rich functionality and connectivity we enjoy in today's Internet culture does not come without a price. Admittedly, there are so many variables that affect the overall security ... posture of a computer, that it sometimes seems like an overwhelming task to stay ahead of the curve. But with all the intricacies and technical dependencies that go along with securing our machines, it's still the basic steps that we need to be most concerned about doing. The Most Exploited Weakness in Computer Security The SANS Institute maintains a ... (view more)

Fri
25
Nov
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Password Saver Review

Synopsis: Password Saver is a powerful, feature-rich solution for storing all your password information in a secure, centralized database on your hard drive. It uses industrial strength 256-bit encryption to keep your passwords secure, while ... providing an easy-to-use interface for organizing, adding and editing your password records. Password Saver provides many pre-defined templates for commonly used records such as web site and email accounts, so you can get started adding data right away. Password Saver's advanced import/export features also let you share passwords with co-workers and ... (view more)

Tue
18
Oct
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'Process Guard', and 'Default Passwords'

Process Guard Watch processes, memory usage, CPU usage and more. If you go over a limit, you get a warning, and options to close processes, run a program, change priority, hide/show or minimize/maximize them, logoff, reboot, shutdown, suspend or ... hibernate! http://www.donationcoders.com/skrommel/ Default Passwords This page lists default user IDs and passwords from 311 vendor products, including SCSI controllers, BIOS logins, router logins, and more! http://www.cirt.net/cgi-bin/passwd.pl (view more)

Wed
10
Aug
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Dictionary Attack

A dictionary attack refers to the general technique of trying to guess some secret by running through a list of likely possibilities, often a list of words from a dictionary. It contrasts to a brute force attack in which all possibilities are tried. ... The attack works because users often choose easy-to-guess passwords, even after being exhorted against doing so. Dictionary (and brute force) attacks may be applied in two main situations: in cryptanalysis, in trying to determine the key needed to decrypt a given piece of encrypted data; in computer security, in trying to gain unauthorized access ... (view more)

Sun
10
Jul
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Darn! Passwords! Pro Review

Synopsis: Have trouble remembering all your passwords? Darn! Passwords! Pro keeps track of all those pesky passwords you need for the Internet, online services, financial sites, and other secure programs. All you need to do is remember one 'Master' ... password, and Darn! Passwords! remembers all the rest! It remembers web site addresses of password-protected web sites -- just pick the password, and drag it into the program or web site that requires a password. It's that simple; no retyping is necessary. For those programs that do not accept the drag and drop feature, you can just paste the ... (view more)

Thu
24
Apr
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RoboForm 5.2.0 release

The previous 2 Feature Articles were about an alternative approach to Internet Explorer's time-saving AutoComplete function. Recall -- When enabled, the AutoComplete feature remembers (and completes) frequently used form data on web pages, such as ... user logins and passwords. Unfortunately, AutoComplete does not offer a method for exporting / backing up its form data which has been collected over time. This is very problematic for anyone who may need to format / reinstall Windows, or for users who use Disk Imaging software (like myself) to restore a previously working copy of Windows. I asked ... (view more)

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