Meet Tom. Tom works at Acme Consulting, a 25 person company. As the senior "tech guy" at Acme, Tom wears a number of hats, including having responsibility for IT and security. Tom tries his best to protect his company, but he's got his share of problems (and his colleagues don't always help out) as we'll see in our ongoing series Tom's Tales.... CEO Eleanor threw a wrench in Tom's weekend plans (and in company security) by losing her smartphone - which didn't have password protection. Here's how it happened, and how Tom responded. It's scientifically proven to be one of the top 7 worst feelings one can experience. You glance at the clock on a Friday afternoon, and it hits you: The sickening realization that, although you only have two hours left in the day, you still have a solid nine hours of work left to do.
As I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, I wanted to take the opportunity to give thanks for our business as well. I'm thankful for our loyal customers and all of the great feedback you have given us to help make TeamsID such a strong service.
My goal with this blog is to go beyond password management and cover other security and productivity topics of interest, especially topics of interest to small and medium sized businesses. Along these lines, I've been doing some research on ransomware, especially Crowti (also known as Cryptowall).
A good passphrase consisting of several words with spaces or dashes in between (like "Garage-city-park-where" or "eat cake every eighth") is stronger than most gobbledygook passwords that have lots of random characters, and passphrases offer the very meaningful advantage of being far easier to remember for real human beings.
Last week I was interviewed by CIOReview for a profile of TeamsID that will appear in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, though, I thought I'd share the full transcript of the interview. Here are their questions and my answers.
Having to let employees go can be a difficult process--regardless of the circumstances behind the dismissal or that person's decision to leave the company. However, when staff members leave the company, one of the most important things any business needs to do is remove that individual's access to company resources. For some companies, closing down a former employee's access is as simple as deactivating keycards and removing them from the personnel list, but the issue becomes more complex as IT resources become involved.
Over the past few years as we have built TeamsID, there have been a few applications and services that have been inspirations for us. Some of these applications we also used extensively to help our own development team work together.One of these "two-fers" apps that was both a design that inspired us as well as a tool that we used day to day (and continue to use) is Slack. So I'm proud to say that if you use Slack, I think you'll find some instant familiarity with TeamsID and the ways it can help you and your colleagues be more productive.
And in 2014, passwords didn't get much stronger -- number one on our list was still "123456"
"123456" Maintains the Top Spot on SplashData's Annual "Worst Passwords" ListThe 2014 list of worst passwords demonstrates the importance of keeping names, simple numeric patterns, sports and swear words out of your passwords. Los Gatos, CA - January 20, 2015 - SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet - thus making them the "Worst Passwords" that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen. In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, "123456"and "password" continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list in 2011. Other passwords in the top 10 include "qwerty," "dragon," and "football." As in past years' lists, simple numerical passwords remain common, with nine of the top 25 passwords on the 2014 list comprised of numbers only.
You may have heard about SplashData's "Worst Passwords" lists. These are extensively researched lists of the most common passwords found on the Internet. Here are the Worst Passwords of 2011.