Tag: Password Recovery Techniques

That Time Enabling Two-Factor Authentication Made Me Feel Worse

I’ve been an account holder at a fairly prominent online brokerage for a while now. Been using it without hiccup for years. The movement in the stock market early in the year prompted me to log in to check on a few things (I know, I know. I swear I’m not that guy). While there, I decided

The Epic Hacking of Mat Honan and Our Identity Challenge

Wired has the kind of article that will make all of us leading highly digitized lives (is that the right term?) wake up in a cold sweat. While the title – How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking – may strike many as sensationalist, the article does a good job of

The Challenge of Security Questions

Jackson Shaw just wrote about a website called goodsecurityquestions.com. As the name indicates, it’s a site that purports to distinguish between good and bad questions to employ when setting up for your identity re-verification challenges (for when you forget your password or need to execute a high-value transaction, for instance). The same site also (correctly)

The Twitter Break-In: Anything to learn here?

The answer is: Plenty. In a nutshell, here is what happened as I understand it: A hacker named Hacker Croll (who has been a pain in Twitter’s behind for a while now) was able to gain access to the Gmail accounts of various twitter employees, including founder Evan Williams. He was then able to use