Even the best passwords are no match for this simple hack

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Why go to all the trouble of breaking into an online account when you can just ask for the keys?

While security experts released new password recommendations this summer, legions of hackers long ago realized that getting into a victim’s email or iCloud doesn’t require keyloggers, zero days, or USBs pre-loaded with malware. Nope, it’s much easier than that.

All it takes is a little charm.

Welcome to the world of social engineering, where those looking gain access to protected places (be they physical or digital) talk, bluff, confuse, or trick their way past the gatekeepersSocial-Engineer, Inc., a security company that specializes in helping corporations prepare for this sort of attack, defines the technique as “any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be in their best interest.”  Read more…

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Apple’s going to mandate 2-factor authentication, so you better get used to it now

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Apple’s trying its hardest to protect the security of your account — whether you like it or not. 

In an email sent out in the early hours of June 6, the company confirmed that going forward it will mandate the use of 2-factor authentication (2FA) for many of its services. 

“If you install the iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra public betas this summer and meet the basic requirements, your Apple ID […] will be automatically updated to use two-factor authentication,” reads the email. “This is our most advanced, easy-to-use account security, and it’s required to use some of the latest features of iOS, macOS, and iCloud.” Read more…

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