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Two-Factor Authentication adds another security layer

By Beau Monday

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2014

~~<p>News broke last week that a Rus&shy;sian crime syndicate had amassed the largest known collection of Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username-and-password combinations. The collection also included 500 million email addresses and confidential material from 420,000 websites across the world. The size of the victim sites ranged from Fortune 500 companies to people running simple websites out of their homes.</p>
<p>Events like these expose one of the weaknesses of relying on simple passwords for access to online services that we use every day. The average Internet user has more than 30 accounts at various online services, and using the same password at any or all those sites means a security failure at one site puts the information at the other 29 at risk.</p>
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News broke last week that a Rus­sian crime syndicate had amassed the largest known collection of Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username-and-password combinations. The collection also included 500 million email addresses and confidential material from 420,000 websites across the world. The size of the victim sites ranged from Fortune 500 companies to people running simple websites out of their homes.

Events like these expose one of the weaknesses of relying on simple passwords for access to online services that we use every day. The average Internet user has more than 30 accounts at various online services, and using the same password at any or all those sites means a security failure at one site puts the information at the other 29 at risk. Login for more...



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