Despite what some would want, we will still be using passwords for several more years. There is absolutely no excuse for the continued reuse of passwords or using weak ones. The bad news…123456 is used as a password once for every 142 passwords. Hot ...
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Stop Using 123456 as a Password

Despite what some would want, we will still be using passwords for several more years. There is absolutely no excuse for the continued reuse of passwords or using weak ones. The bad news…123456 is used as a password once for every 142 passwords. Hot for Security revealed results of a recent analysis of over one billion usernames and passwords from corporate data breaches that were found online.

  • 1 billion credentials were reduced to just 168,919,919 passwords and 393,386,953 usernames
  • The most common password is 123456, covering around 7 million entries per billion
  • The most common 1,000 passwords cover 6.607% of all passwords
  • Average password length is only 9.4822 characters long
  • Only 12.04% of analyzed passwords contained special characters
  • 28.79% of passwords contain letters only
  • 26.16% of passwords are lowercase only
  • 13.37% of passwords are numbers only
  • 34.41% of all passwords end with digits, but only 4.522% of all passwords start with a digits

Of all the passwords analyzed, only 8.83% were unique. The average password length was less than 10 characters too. The review also revealed that 53% of users haven't changed their password in over 12 months. I can understand why people don't really need to change their password unless it is part of a data breach, but with such poor password hygiene, passwords should be changed on a periodic basis.

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Microsoft to Close Retail Stores

It's going to be a lot more difficult to physically see and touch Microsoft's Surface line of computing devices. According to a Computerworld report, Microsoft will be shutting down 78 of its 82 retail outlets and taking a $450M charge against earnings. The remaining four outlets will be converted to "Microsoft Experience Centers." The four locations are in New York City, London, Sydney and an on-campus location in Redmond.

Sharon and I have visited the store at the Redmond campus. It was a pretty cool experience and not just a chance to see the evolution of Windows. You have the opportunity to play some of the latest X-box games on huge screens that cover a wall. There was a facial recognition exhibit as well, that attempted to show you how you would look in 10-20 years. I'm not sure how the store will be modified, especially given the current COVID-19 situation. A lot of our friends and colleagues have purchased their Surface tablets via the online store instead of visiting a retail outlet. Given the current pandemic, it's probably a good idea to make a change for the retail chain.

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Microsoft Releases Undelete Tool – Backups are Better

Microsoft Windows has had the recycle bin for years. Apparently, it's not good enough for users to recover deleted data. As reported by Ars Technica, Microsoft has released a stand-alone undeletion tool called WINFR (Windows File Recovery). The utility works with the latest versions of Windows 10. Finding the utility can be a little challenging even if searching the Microsoft Store. "Moving onto the Microsoft Store, the experience was no better—when searching for its exact name, we couldn't find the Windows File Recovery tool until we'd filtered our results first to Apps only, then to Tools & Utilities only."

Not so fast. The best solution is to backup your system in case you need to restore any data. Many users have relied on third-party shareware utilities to recover deleted files that typically have a graphical interface. WINFR isn't as fancy and is command line driven. It's not a perfect world either. You will need some sort of external storage (e.g. USB flash drive) to restore the recovered data. In testing, Ars Technica had problems restoring from solid state drives too. Since a lot of modern day machines use SSDs, backing up data is still the best solution. Don't count on some tool to save your bacon.

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Latest Apple Rumor: No EarPods or Power Adapter for 2020 iPhones

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a really good track record predicting Apple's actions prior to official announcement. As appleinsider reported, there will be two new iPad models that include new 20-watt chargers. There will be a new 10.8-inch iPad followed by a 8.5-inch iPad mini. Another major move deals with the 2020 iPhone models. Kuo said that there will be no EarPods shipping with the iPhone 12. It is suspected the decision is meant to increase sale of AirPods instead. Also, there will be no power adapter included with the new phones. Users will have to buy their own adapter or only use wireless charging.

Apple products are some of the most expensive technology you can buy. The cost of ownership is about to become even higher.

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Flash is Dead – Uninstall Now

Adobe Flash has long been on the top of the list of insecure software. Many websites are still using Flash even though it is under constant attack. Adobe intends to put an end to our Flash misery. Hot for Security reported Adobe is cutting the cord on Flash. Adobe will no longer provide download links or support for Flash at the end of this year. "Adobe will be removing Flash Player download pages from its site and Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the EOL Date."

The message is pretty clear. You should stop using anything that relies on Flash and uninstall it from your computer. For many of us, that means replacing some of our legacy systems that utilize Flash such as phone systems and firewalls.

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