Popular Christian phrases and Bible verses used in passwords are a blessing to hackers.

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Welcome to the Dashlane Tech Check for January 13, 2017! I’ll help you catch up on all Dashlane-related news and the latest buzz about password managers, digital security, identity, and more! At the end of each weekly post, I’ll also include a useful life hack 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:

Christianity Today says, “Beware of making Jesus your password”

Beware making Jesus and biblical verses your passwords

Christianity Today advises against using your “life verse” as a password after an analysis of passwords found in the 2009 breach of Rockyou found a large number of Biblical references including a number of Bible verse references. Read more.

Biometric technology won’t be replacing passwords anytime soon

TechFeatured discuss how biometric technology as we know right now is the hot favorite technique of securing any place, why is this technology still not the astute replacement for the pesky passwords? Read more.

Breach alert! 1.5 Million records leaked after alleged failed extortion attempt on ESEA

E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA), one of the largest competitive video gaming communities, was hacked last December. As a result, a database containing 1.5 million player profiles was compromised. Hackers allegedly demanded $50,000 in payment to keep silent about the hack and to help the site fix its exploited security vulnerability. Read more.

The Hackers have been hacked!

Hackers have stolen data from Cellebrite, one of the most popular companies in the mobile phone hacking industry. Motherboard has obtained 900 GB of data related to Cellebrite, includes customer information, databases, and a vast amount of technical data regarding Cellebrite’s products. Read more.

May the firewall be with you: Tech security lessons from Star Wars ‘Rogue One’

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Mixing information security (infosec) with pop culture makes learning about security more interesting. With Rogue One out, it’s time to dust off our mental lightsabers and see what security tips we can learn from the latest movie. Read more.

Dashlane News You Shouldn’t Snooze 

Do you know a friend, family member, or colleague who should start using a password manager?

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Know a friend, family member, or coworker, that could use Dashlane, but is still hesitant or too skeptical to download the app? Send them this blog post with 9 reasons why they shouldn’t wait to download a password manager (reason 8 may surprise them)! Read it here.

“It’s really simple for me to log in anywhere”, says Tom Pendergast on Network World

“Once I learned the steps to creating a new secure login, Dashlane makes it very easy to quickly generate a secure, unique password, which it automatically stores in my vault, which I can access from any of my devices,” says Tom Pendergast on Network World. He talks about his struggle with “security fatigue”  highlights how Dashlane helped him overcome it. Read his full article here.

Dashlane makes the list of 20 must-have tools to boost security at for small businesses on a budget

Michael Guta of Small Business Trends included Dashlane in his roundup of 20 easy-to-use tools that will your place of business, whether it is in your home or a retail space. Read more.

 

This Week’s Lifehack to Improve Your Security

New year, new passwords! 2016 was the year of the cyber attack, and this year will be no different (or worse!) if you aren’t updating your old, weak, or compromised passwords. Follow our easy 5-step guide to help you secure your passwords.

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 last week’s last Tech Check, ZDNet begs you to stop calling everything a “hack” and Julian Assange has some choice words about the Russian hacking scandal. 

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  • Polly~

    Interesting article. I tend to use positive affirmations laced with numbers and symbols for my passwords. Never thought about using biblical references.

    • Thanks Polly! A password with a good alphanumeric mix and special symbols is always the way to go.

      We don’t often think of using biblical references, but those phrases, names, places, etc. can be easily cracked by a hacker.

      Keep up the great password habits, and stay tuned to this week’s Tech Check coming out on Friday!

      Best,

      Malaika