Welcome to The Dashlane Tech Check for March 17, 2017! I’ll help you catch up on Dashlane-related news and the big news in the tech industry. And just for fun, I’ll include a useful lifehack that will keep you safe and secure all year long.
What in the (Security) World?
Here’s what made headlines this week in the world of digital identity, security, and privacy:
63 million LinkedIn users’ passwords are weak enough to hack
A new study from Preempt analyzed the stolen credentials of more than 164 million users in the 2012 data breach, and discovered that 63 million LinkedIn users used previously known passwords and could easily be cracked. The company also found that low complexity passwords could be cracked in less than a day with off-the-shelf cracking hardware. Learn more.
Unsure about the strength of your passwords? This guide will show you how to make passwords stronger. You should also use Dashlane’s Security Dashboard to measure the strength of all of your credentials.
DoJ indicts Russian intelligence agents and hackers for Yahoo breach
The U.S. Department of Justice indicted two Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers and two alleged criminal hackers to compromise Yahoo accounts in order to target US and Russian government officials, Russian journalists, and private sector employees. The L.A. Times also notes that the Russian intelligence officers were targeting intel, while the criminal hackers wanted to exploit the stolen data for cash. Learn more.
Federal budget to allot $1.5 billion towards cybersecurity
According to The Hill, President Trump’s federal budget allocated $1.5 billion to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal networks and critical infrastructures from cyber attacks. “Through a suite of advanced cyber security tools and more assertive defense of government networks, DHS would share more cybersecurity incident information with other federal agencies and the private sector, leading to faster response to cybersecurity attacks directed at federal networks and critical infrastructure,” the budget proposal states. Learn more.
Facebook blocks developers from using user data for surveillance
Responding to criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Facebook updated its terms and conditions–which also apply to Instagram–to ban developers from exploiting user data to create surveillance tools. Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer Rob Scherman, said: “our goal is to make our policy explicit”. Learn more.
Small and medium businesses increasingly targeted in ransomware attacks
Infosecurity Magazine published a survey from data protection firm Datto, which found that small and medium-sized businesses in Europe are being actively targeted by ransomware attacks. Their survey found that 87 percent of European IT service providers reported their clients has been hit by ransomware in the last year. However, just 40 percent of victims actually reported the crime to authorities. Learn more.
Hack of third-party app results in thousands of hacked Twitter accounts
The Guardian reports that thousands of high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked and posted pro-Turkey messages after the app Twitter Counter was breached. The Twitter accounts for Forbes, Amnesty International, the BBC’s North American account were affected during the hack. Learn more.
33 million records belonging to Dun & Bradstreet have been leaked
A database with about 33.7 million email addresses and other contact information for employees working at large enterprises and government entities were leaked. According to Infosecurity Magazine, the leak is thought to be from a database Dun & Bradstreet acquired from NetProspex in 2015. Learn more.
43,000 people affected by ABTA data breach
ZDNet is reporting that hackers took advantage of flaw in the web server running ABTA, the UK’s largest holiday and travel association, to access the data of as many as 43,000 members and member’s customers. Learn more.
Dashlane News You Shouldn’t Snooze
Dashlane is one of the best Google Chrome extensions around, says TrustedReviews
Dashlane was listed first in a roundup of fifteen essential Google Chrome extensions, add-ons and plugins by Trusted Reviews. Here’s what they had to say: “There are many password managers available, but with some of the better-known ones hitting the headlines over the past couple of years for all the wrong reasons – we’re looking at you LastPass and 1Password – Dashlane is one Chrome extension that’s well worth checking out. Read the full review here.
Dashlane is a top 5 app recommended for busy people
Need an app that’s available in the palm of our hands to help us stay organized, save time, communicate more efficiently, and keep up with everything going on around us? Get Dashlane! Dashlane was included in a roundup of top 5 apps for busy people in Mississauga. Here’s what they had to say: “With all of the different accounts we have, Dashlane is an effortless way of saving your passwords safely. Creating a new password these days require an arm and a leg, but do you remember which arm you gave and which leg? Dashlane is here to help organize and save your passwords for whenever you need to log into your accounts. Read the full review here.
This Week’s Lifehack to Improve Your Security
Tax Day is almost a month away! Whether you have yet to file your taxes, or you filed your taxes weeks ago, we have 13 tips that will make this tax season is more bearable (and much safer!)
Have any thoughts on any of the news I shared? Leave me a comment below and make sure to visit our blog next week for another edition of The Dashlane Tech Check.
Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to always be in the know! In our last Tech Check, I recapped the 5 biggest revelations for the WikiLeaks CIA cache and also broke the news that one million Gmail and Yahoo credentials are on sale on the dark web.