two-factor authentication

LinkedIn Legal : “Important information about your LinkedIn account”

Yeah, they’ve been hacked 4 years ago and now their data is everywhere … well, almost everywhere. The LinkedIn hack of 2012 is  now being sold on the dark web. It was allegedly 167 million accounts and for a mere 5 bitcoins (about US$2.2k) you could jump over to the Tor-based trading site, pay your Bitcoins and retrieve what is one of the largest data breaches ever to hit the airwaves. Until this week, when Myspace.com leak from 2013 (or 2008!) released data of over 360Mil users.   LinkedIn’s Legal wrote :   Notice of Data Breach You may have heard reports recently about a security issue involving LinkedIn. We would like to make sure you have the facts about what happened, what information was involved, and the steps we are taking to help protect you. What Happened? On May 17, 2016, we became aware that data stolen from LinkedIn in 2012 was being made available online. This was not a new security breach or hack. We took immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of all LinkedIn accounts that we believed might be at risk. These were accounts created prior to the 2012 breach that had not reset their passwords since…


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Quoted in BusinessNewsDaily: Beyond the Password: Why You Need 2-Factor Authentication

Beyond the Password: Why You Need 2-Factor Authentication Sue Marquette Poremba, Business News Daily Contributor   |   April 25, 2014 12:39pm ET While two-factor authentication may sound complicated and cumbersome, Sorin Mustaca, an IT security expert at Avira, said it’s the only way to properly secure critical assets and mobile devices. “Passwords can be guessed and are very often reused. With so many hacks which occurred, no password can be considered secure anymore. This is why the two-factor authentication is the only way to secure the critical assets of the company,” he said. For businesses that regularly make remote access to the network, whether through a virtual private network (VPN) or by checking email on a smartphone, two-factor authentication is much safer and more secure than a simple password. Yet, small businesses too often decide not to implement this type of authentication. Mustaca thinks this is due to a lack of understanding about the method, and because businesses take an all-or-nothing approach. Not every situation will call for two-factor authentication, he said. “Companies should use two-factor authentication to protect assets which are easily stolen and which can be attacked from outside. Any other situation should be properly analyzed, and the risks should…


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