#434 October 16th, 2015 – The Perfect Password

This week’s headline story: The Perfect Password

pwordThe perfect password should be one that’s difficult for hackers guess, but not too difficult for the user remember. For decades we’ve been taught to combine numbers, symbols, upper and lowercase characters into a word that might or might not be something possible to remember. We substitute numbers for characters to try to assemble almost intelligible words. In the worst case, some users might write their passwords down.

Researchers at University of Southern California may have come up with a better solution. They have proposed that a password made up of four random words – like “correct horse battery staple” – is far more secure and a lot easier for people to remember than the typical jumble of random letters, numbers and symbols that most people think of as a secure password. If the words are truly random, a password hacking program would have to test billions of billions of billions of possibilities before it hits on the right one, says the researchers.

Other Headline News…

  • Apple Tells Court No Way To Unlock New iPhones To Get Customer Data [NewsFactor]
    The results of Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, resulted in many tech companies no longer cooperating with government investigations. Last year, Apple announced that devices running iOS 8 or higher would be encrypted by default. That means that only device owners possess the passcodes needed to unlock their iPhones or other Apple devices. Recently when asked by Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the Eastern District of New York to decrypt data on a criminal suspect’ s phone, Apple said that it could not.

in Information Security News…

  • Apple Removes Hundreds of App Store Apps for Stealing User Data [NewsFactor]
    More than 250 applications in the Apple App Store are being removed after a code watchdog company found that they were secretly collecting users’ personal data. The apps were all created using the Youmi SDK, which, it was discovered, was collecting and sending user’s personal data to China, unbeknown to the developers.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • New York Times Is Sending 1M Google Cardboard Headsets to Subscribers
    During the first weekend in November, Google’s Cardboard VR headset will be included with just over a million home deliveries of the New York Times print edition. The distribution of the kits will coincide with the debut of NYT VR, a digital platform that will deliver a series of virtual reality short films to subscribers over the next year.
  • Apple Sings about Its 6.5 Million Paid Music Subscribers [NewsFactor]
    Tech giant Apple says its streaming music service has attracted over 6.5 million paid users since it rolled out in June. However, the company did not mention the11 million users it lost after the first free trial period ended.
  • YouTube Plans Pay Channel, Streaming Music [NewsFactor]
    YouTube this week announced a new paid subscription service that would eliminate ads. The video site, which is owned by Google, is starting a service that would offer commercial-free access, with special programming for $9.99 per month.

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