There is always a tension between usability and security. People want systems to be secure so that their identities aren’t stolen, but they want those same systems to be easily accessible.
Passwords are an integral part of our daily IT life – and a major source of vulnerabilities. What are the problems and risks, and how can we reduce them?
Four important elements to consider when evaluating how safe you are online.
A roundup of research into what makes passwords secure, and options for new standards of login authentication.
Recent federal changes to password-strength guidelines echo the findings of research we've been doing. It's time to think differently about what makes a password secure.
From power walks to silly walks, we can use our movement to generate energy in a way that is unique to everyone. And that can be used to help secure our wearable technology.
A simple idea that's surprisingly secure: drawing your own unlock pattern on a touchscreen. Faster and easier to remember than a password, and much harder to guess or crack.
Going as far back as the Bible, and as widely known as the phrase 'Open, Sesame,' passwords are a textual link to our past. But they may not be around much longer.
If security advice from government agencies doesn't ring true, customers won't take it – which puts us all at risk.
The first line of cyberdefense is having a good password. What does research say about what that actually means?
As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?
Dulled by hearing the same old recommendations to improve internet security, we are worn out. It's time for a new approach, involving us all.
Despite years of public information efforts, even simple cyberattacks still succeed. Here are five steps to avoiding having your emails appear on WikiLeaks.
Saying they are is to dangerously misunderstand the limits of scientific enquiry.
Tech giant Microsoft wants to rid the world of "dumb" passwords to improve online security. But maybe it's the password itself we should dump.
Plans to introduce voice and facial recognition technology for online shopping and banking point to a password-free future.
No matter how many times people are warned to set strong secure passwords, many don't. So why do people take the risk? And is there anything else they can do to be more secure online?
South Africans are being targeted by cyber criminals. Consumers are fleeced because their passwords make them vulnerable.
There will be a quantum leap in securing online confidentiality with key distribution technology.
The recent cyber attacks at Penn State have put personal information of 18,000 students in the hands of hackers. What should universities do to protect students' privacy?