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Symantec Warns of Facebook Security Flaw

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

As if Facebook doesn’t have enough vulnerabilities, Symantec researchers are now saying that an old Facebook bug may have provided access to millions of user’s photos, profiles and other personal data. Researchers estimate that this flaw has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to advertisers and others.

So what is the fix? It’s as simple as changing your password. So you might want to do that right away just to be safe.

Password problem on Amazon.com

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2011

It has been reported that there is a security flaw on the Amazon site that allows customers to log into their account without using their exact password. For example, if your password is PASSWORD, users can enter “password”, “passwordpassword”, “password12345″ to login to the account and it will still work.

This is apparently because the site still uses an old password encrypting technique that truncates passwords after the 8th character for some accounts that have kept the same password for many years. So users were not able to protect their accounts with passwords longer than 8 characters. However, Amazon has solved the problem – users just need to update their password, and it should automatically upgrade the password encryption.

Password Vault

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The Password Vault stores and secures account information for website addresses, usernames, passwords, and ATM PINs, and allows immediate retrieval when you need them. Your passwords are safely stored offline in the vault’s memory, ensuring that the information can never be compromised. It can store up to 400 account records.

Sounds much safer than leaving passwords on notes around the house. The Password Vault holds all of your secret information behind its own password. And if the device is misplaced, lost, or stolen, five unsuccessful attempts to access your accounts will lock the device for 30 minutes. You can also reset it to erase all of your secret data.

Color Cube: Once a game, now security

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2008

Color Cube: Once a game, now security
Probably not a good idea for those with ADD. The Color Cube basically allows users to create their own specific color combination instead of the usual text based password. As a concept it’s brilliant, but it looks like it takes a bit more time and effort, compared to just typing text in. Also, the slow witted among us will be far too easily distracted. Those people have already forgotten everything they’ve just read up to this point.

The idea is that when you need to verify your identity, just solve the Rubik’s Cube. They say that the color combinations are endless since you can even embed little pictures within each tiny screen if you like. Users also have the option of taking the idea further by making it a time based entry and being forced to solve the cube before time runs out and the colors change.