👍 #854 - Yes, SMS Two-Factor Authentication is Broken; Use it Anyway
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There's been another vulnerability discovered in SMS text messaging that can impact its security when used for two-factor authentication.
You know what that means?
Headlines! Click-bait headlines! "OMG SMS Two-Factor Is Broken!! Stop Using It! Now! Or Something Horrible Will Happen!"
For crying out loud. Yes, there's a problem, but, no, it doesn't neccessarily mean you should stop using SMS two-factor.
Yes, SMS Two-Factor Authentication is Broken; Use it Anyway tells you what you need to know, and what you need to do -- or not.
Also this week:
- A long strong unique password is important, but it doesn't protect you from everything.
- About those long passwords: what if they're long but somewhat simpler?
- Isn't keeping all those passwords in one place a security risk?
- Disk and backup terms: partition.
Gary and I riffed on a topic near and dear to our hearts, and something we get complaints about all the time: change. We also touch on some scarey, but cool, technology: deep fakes. That's TEH 130: Adventure Time! Dealing with Change<./p>
Hope you're well and healthy,
This Week's Featured Article
Yes, SMS Two-Factor Authentication is Broken; Use it Anyway
SMS two-factor authentication is still better than nothing.
SMS messaging has some serious security vulnerabilities, but does that mean you should always avoid it? No.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
9 Ways Your Account Can Be Compromised, Even with a Super-strong Password
|Strong passwords are important, but they don't protect you from everything. I'll look at other ways your account can be compromised.|
Are Longer Passwords Better, Even If They're Simpler?
|A longer password of repeating characters is more secure than a short complicated password -- but there's more to security than cracking.|
What's a Disk Partition?
|Partitions allow a single physical disk drive to be treated as if it were multiple disks.|
Isn't Storing Your Passwords In One Place a Security Risk?
|Yes, password managers put all your information in one place. It better be a very good place.|
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Isn't Storing Your Passwords In One Place a Security Risk?Yes, password managers mean you are storing all your information in one place. It better be a very good place.
What's a Disk Partition?Partitions allow a single physical disk drive to be treated as if it were multiple disks. That's a disk partition.
Are Longer Passwords Better, Even If They're Simpler?A longer password of repeating characters is more secure than a short complicated password -- but there's more to security than cracking.
Yes, SMS Two Factor Authentication is Broken; Use it AnywaySMS for Two Factor Authentication has some serious security vulnerabilities, but does that mean you should always avoid it? No.
Setting up Windows 10 for privacyWindows 10 privacy seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron, at least on its initial release. I'll review choices you can make at setup to retain some control.
9 Ways Your Account Can Be Compromised, Even with a Super-strong PasswordAsStrong password is important, but they don't protect you from everything. I'll look at other ways your account password can be compromised.
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