It’s Friday, September 27, 2019 and we’re excited to wrap another big week. We kicked off this Wednesday with the introduction of Shield by OneLogin. Shield is a browser extension designed for Google Chrome that protects consumers and enterprises from identity reuse, weak password practices, and phishing. This works by identifying instances of password reuse - a risky practice that, if one account is breached, enables hackers to compromise additional accounts using the same credentials. Shield also empowers users to improve their own password hygiene by alerting them when they use weak or common passwords that are easily compromised.
We also hosted Connect19 at San Francisco’s InterContinental Hotel. For those unable to attend, you can check out the full recap here. Or, if you fancy it, you can join us October 15 at the ME London for Connect UK.
Connect19 marked the launch of OneLogin’s Trusted Experience PlatformTM. During the event, OneLogin President & CEO Brad Brooks noted, “we are building the next-generation trust-based platform to change what authentication means—to get rid of the password and change the paradigm of how people think about authentication.”
Now, about the password. This week’s recap focuses almost exclusively on password practices. We cover how they’re used, explore worst practices, share best practices, and take a look at the future of authentication. We hope you’ll enjoy this week’s round-up. Check it out below!
But, Everyone’s Doing it!
Maybe you don’t personally do it, but we all know someone who does. Password sharing across streaming platforms is a thing. Despite being a poor password practice, a recent PC Mag survey of 1,001 US streaming users and subscribers found that a whopping 71 percent share their credentials. Read more on PC Mag
You Won’t Believe the Most Common and Insecure Password
Sure, we’ve all heard of terrible passwords like ‘password,’ ‘123456,’ or ‘p@ssword.’ Much to our surprise, even those—the worst passwords—have been overthrown. The antivirus software company Avira set up a honeypot to collect data from attacks on IoT devices and, in the process, uncovered a new worst password. While IoT devices are notoriously insecure, what Avira discovered was unsettling. Check it out for yourself! Read more on Forbes
Password Advice from a Famous Fraud Expert
We’ve really given passwords a hard time this week. Sadly, that doesn’t stop with this blurb. If you’re tired of hearing about passwords from us, maybe you’ll take it from world-famous fraud expert and ex-con artist Frank Abagnale. He was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, you know? In his own words: We need to eliminate passwords. Read more on CNBC
Cybersecurity Fear or Opportunity?
Headlines of data breaches and leaked personal identifiable information may stoke fear, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, embrace the opportunity to improve your—or your organization’s—cybersecurity practices. The newly announced Shield by OneLogin browser extension is a great step toward protecting against some of today’s most insecure password practices. The New York Times shares five additional steps you can take to improve your digital security. Read more on the New York Times
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