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Lip movements could be used as a biometric security measure

Researchers have found that every person moves their lips a little differently when they speak and this could be used as a ""visual password"" for biometric security.

Ahmad Hassanat at the University of Mu'tah in Jordan has developed a new software that look for patterns of lip and mouth movements associated with different words as people spoke to a camera.


Blogs, other content management sites targeted by password thieves

August 07, 2013CSO — Brute force attacks to pry login credentials from content management sites like blogs have been growing as more data robbers use a short-term gain for a bigger pay-off later on.

Such sites are attractive targets because they tend to be less secure than other environments -- such as financial services -- and since they're interactive by design, "drive-by" malware planted on them can infect a lot of users quickly, said David Britton, vice president of industry solutions at 41st Parameter.


Google reveals the 10 Worst Password Ideas

Man’s best friend does a terrific job of protecting your home. But when it comes to protecting your online accounts, your beloved pet is literally the worst choice possible.


Recently, Google conducted a study of 2,000 people to learn more about their methods for choosing account passwords. The research revealed a worrying fact: Most people choose passwords based on readily available information. This means a surprising number of accounts can be hacked using a few simple, educated guesses.

So, what are the most common passwords?


Is it possible to use one password on the Internet instead of hundreds?

While there are many initiatives to allow you to use one password for everything on the Internet (See, What is Open ID?), it is not the best way to ensure your personal information is protected. For example, you wouldn’t want to use the same username and password for your bank as the one you use for commenting on your favorite news site.

10 Ways to Protect Yourself Online

After weeks of media-fueled hullabaloo about DNSChanger all but dooming the Internet — what actually happened as July 9 came and went was even less than Y2K-bug worthy — it’s worth pausing to reflect on why some were infected with the Domain Name Service malware and others weren’t.

Will a standardized system for verifying Web identity ever catch on?

My apartment building's security is not all that different from the password-protected login system that forms a chain-link fence around Facebook, Google, iTunes or any other Internet service. Passwords are often shared among family, friends and spouses, and people typically use the same passwords for everything. Many experts say passwords are cybersecurity's weak link.

New MobileMe phishing scam attempts to relieve users of login data

While most treat the holidays as a time for goodwill toward all, scammers don’t really seem to have gotten the message. Their latest tactic: a phishing scheme aimed at MobileMe users.

First reported by The Mac Observer, the scam consists of a faked email, ostensibly from Apple’s MobileMe team. It warns that a virus has been found within the user’s iDisk; to keep the virus from spreading, users are instructed to reply to the email with their user name and password.


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