Every parent wants his or her children to be safe. We teach our children not to play with matches and not to get into cars with strangers offering candy. But, when it comes to teenagers and online safety, nearly all parents are making the same huge mistake - sometimes with devastating consequences.
A new campaign called for in President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan earlier this year has the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) working with more than 35 companies and NGOs to empower Americans to use two-factor authentication for their online accounts.
What’s worse than a massive data breach? Not reporting it. Yahoo is learning that lesson the hard way. The Internet giant is coming under intense scrutiny for only just revealing that at least 500 million of its user accounts were stolen back in 2014. It now faces multiple class action lawsuits and its sale to Verizon could be in danger.
In a world where hackers can swipe the passwords of 500 million Yahoo users, we're left wondering what we can do to keep our online accounts safe. The answer, according to the White House and a chorus of tech companies and internet security advocates, is stronger authentication. That means requiring extra pieces of information when you log in, from a biometric reading of your fingerprint to a single-use code sent to an app on your phone. Eventually, it could mean relying on a combination of these "extra" factors and skipping the password altogether.
On the eve of the 13th annual National Cyber Awareness Month and as an underpinning to President Obama's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has joined forces with the White House with more than 35 companies and NGOs in a new internet safety and security campaign called “Lock Down Your Login,” which advocates for the adoption of strong authentication.
We live in an age of massive cyberattacks – like the recently revealed hack on Yahoo that saw 500 million email accounts compromised back in 2014. News like this is worrying for consumers who want to keep their online information safe from hackers. This is where the White House and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) come in. They’re teaming up with more than 35 companies, from Google to Microsoft to MasterCard, to launch “Lock Down Your Login,” a new campaign to educate consumers about the importance of ditching traditional – and vulnerable – passwords and adopting stronger ways to secure their accounts.
You lock your house. You keep your wallet out of plain view. You're responsible with credit cards. You should treat your computer with the same caution, but even the most accountable people can make mistakes that make the susceptible to cybercriminals. We talked to top cybersecurity experts to learn the small ways your computer is an invitation for hackers, and easy ways you can protect yourself.
Millions of travelers belong to airline and hotel loyalty programs, and now hackers are stealing their flier miles and loyalty points and using them as cold, hard cash. Officials say they access accounts through weak passwords or phishing emails. TODAY’s Janet Shamlian, a victim of the epidemic herself, reports for TODAY from Washington, D.C.
In a new study from York University, 98 percent of people who read the terms of service (TOS) for a fake social networking app missed the “gotcha clauses” hidden in the fine print—including the section that said all users agree to give up their first-born child in exchange for access to the app.
Yahoo has confirmed that the speculated data breach did in fact take place, and has affected at least 500 million users. The company said in a statement on Thursday that the hack went down in 2014, and was done by a "state-sponsored actor." The stolen account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.