If 123456 Is Your Password, Change It Immediately

You probably aren't familiar with the name Ata Hakcil. He's a computer engineering student who recently conducted one of the largest password security surveys currently available.

To conduct his research, he collected a number of username and password "data dumps" from the Dark Web and analyzed the passwords he found there. Hakcil was able to analyze a massive collection of more than a billion passwords, looking for trends and commonalities.

IT Security Professionals have long known that password security is an area of persistent weakness that leaves companies of all shapes and sizes exposed. Hakcil was able to measure and assess just how bad that problem is. What he found was depressing.

 

Full article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/07/11/if-123456-is-your-password-change-it-immediately/

If 123456 Is Your Password, Change It Immediately

You probably aren't familiar with the name Ata Hakcil. He's a computer engineering student who recently conducted one of the largest password security surveys currently available.

To conduct his research, he collected a number of username and password "data dumps" from the Dark Web and analyzed the passwords he found there. Hakcil was able to analyze a massive collection of more than a billion passwords, looking for trends and commonalities.

IT Security Professionals have long known that password security is an area of persistent weakness that leaves companies of all shapes and sizes exposed. Hakcil was able to measure and assess just how bad that problem is. What he found was depressing.

 

Full article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/07/11/if-123456-is-your-password-change-it-immediately/

New Powerful Malware Is Targeting Windows-Based Machines

Researchers have discovered a devilishly clever new stain of malware currently in use by hackers around the world. The new strain is appropriately called "Lucifer," and has been making life quite difficult for IT professionals managing Windows environments.

The malware exploits critical vulnerabilities in Windows-based systems to launch DDoS attacks and install cryptojacking code.

 

Full Article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/07/07/new-powerful-malware-is-targeting-windows-based-machines/

 

 

Mac OS Will Get Some Big Changes Soon

Big changes are in the works for Apple's venerable MacOS, as the company prepares for a future where the desktop OS shares increasing amounts in common with both iOS and iPadOS. A recent preview of the latest desktop OS reveals an interface that has been completely overhauled, along with redesigned app icons and a number of long overdue changes and improvements to the desktop Messages app.

The latest update, dubbed Big Sur, is the first version of MacOS to support the company's new Arm-based silicon processors. It is being described by Apple's management team as the biggest update and overhaul in more than a decade.

Among other things, we'll see the introduction of a floating dock, icons that share a uniform shape, and a revamped Control Center that can be accessed from the desktop itself. It can be accessed in a manner similar to the way it is accessed from inside iOS.

 

Full article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/07/04/mac-os-will-get-some-big-changes-soon/

Google Meet Now Available On Gmail Using Mobile Devices

Google recently published a blog post that didn't get much attention, but that outlines a major change to the way the company's video collaboration tool "Meet" works.

The blog post reads in part, as follows:

"In the coming weeks, you'll soon notice a new Meet tab on your phone's Gmail app where you can see upcoming meetings scheduled in Google Calendar, and easily join them with a single tap....If you don't want Meet to appear as a tab in the Gmail app, access the Settings from the hamburger menu in the top left corner of your inbox, tap on your account, scroll down and uncheck Meet."

 

Full article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/07/01/google-meet-now-available-on-gmail-using-mobile-devices/