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Thursday, 11 January 2018

The 25 Most Frequently Hacked Passwords Of 2018

Security applications and service provider, SplashData, has published a list of the most frequently hacked passwords of the last year as they have always done Each December for the past seven years. The results are sadly predictable – year after year millions of us rely on simple word and number patterns, our birthdays, partner’s names, and, of course, “password” to keep our online accounts secure.
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SplashData created the list using over 5 million hijacked passwords that were made public over the past 12 months, excluding those stolen from adult websites and any swiped during the Yahoo hack (which involved some 3 billion accounts). The majority came from users in North America and Western Europe.

Read: How to Protect your Instagram account from Hack

While many on the list are fairly standard (“123123”, “Password”, “admin” etcetera), there were a couple of unexpected entries, including “monkey” and “whatever”. Others were a little more topical – a very cynical (and entirely appropriate) "trustno1" snuck in at number 25 this year.

The list does have a serious purpose, though. The team at SplashData hope this list will make people think a little more about safety online and encourage users to take active steps to keep their digital data secure against hackers.

“Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, ‘starwars’ is a dangerous password to use,” Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, explained in a press release.

Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words.”

“Football” and “dragons” (a likely reference to Game of Thrones) also made the list.

Here’s the top 30:

1. 123456 (unchanged... for the fourth year in a row)
2. Password (unchanged)
3. 12345678 (up 1 from last year)
4. qwerty (up 2 from last year)
5. 12345 (down 2 from last year)
6. 123456789 (new)
7. letmein (new)
8. 1234567 (unchanged)
9. football (down 4 from last year)
10. iloveyou (new)
11. admin (up 4 from last year)
12. welcome (unchanged)
13. monkey (new)
14. login (down 3)
15. abc123 (down 1)
16. starwars (new)
17. 123123 (new)
18. dragon (up 1 from last year)
19. passw0rd (down 1 from last year)
20. master (up 1 from last year)
21. hello (new)
22. freedom (new)
23. whatever (new)
24. qazwsx (new)
25. trustno1 (new)

Please if any of these passwords are similar to yours, it may be time to switch up your passwords. Experts suggest stringing four simple but random words together. Length is key to making your password hack-proof – “correct horse battery staple”, for example, would take computer hackers 500 years to crack, plus it’s far easier to remember than a meaningless jumble of characters.   

Sunday, 24 September 2017

How to Protect your Instagram account from Hack

Six million Instagram accounts have been exposed online after hackers created a dark web database of personal information, revealing private phone numbers and email addresses.
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The scale of the hack  on instagram emerged after the Instagram account of singer Selena Gomez was compromised last week. UK security researchers discovered hundreds of contact details on the dark web of celebrities including Emma Watson, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles.

In addition to leaking the details of hundreds of Elites, hackers created an online database where cyber criminals could access private user details for $10 per search.
Instagram initially said a "low percentage" of accounts had been affected, although the hackers claim they have details on as many as six million users, the Daily Beast reported.

Instagram has since responded with its advice on how to protect accounts and report suspicious activity.

The hackers, claiming to be Russian and calling themselves "Doxagram", advertised the account details on online forums with links to the dark web, claiming "it is only $10 (price of 2 cups of coffee) for celebrity contact info".

One website linked to the hack has since been taken down, with Facebook, which owns Instagram, purchasing domain names used by the hackers to take them offline.

An official Instagram account for the President of the United States of America, run by the White House social media team, was also reported to be among the exposed details.

"We quickly fixed the bug, and have been working with law enforcement on the matter," said Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger. He added account passwords had not been exposed by the security flaw.

UK cybersecurity company RepKnight identified 500 celebrity accounts that had been compromised by the hack.
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"While Instagram has now fixed the bug that lead to the leak, the cat is out of the bag now, and those affected will have to take extra care to maintain their privacy," said RepKnight analyst Patrick Martin.

How was the data stolen?

The potential vulnerability on Instagram was found by researchers at Kaspersky Labs and reported to Facebook.

A flaw in the password reset option in the Instagram mobile app exposed mobile phone numbers and email addresses, but not passwords. The simple attack involved sending a request for a password reset to an account and intercepting the private phone and email details sent in response to the security query.

The vulnerability existed in a 2016 version of Instagram, meaning those with up-to-date accounts should be safe. 

How to protect yourself on Instagram

Instagram has since offered its official advice on what to do if your account has been affected. Instagram said users should exercise additional caution if they receive any calls or emails from unknown or suspicious sources.

"Additionally, we’re encouraging you to report any unusual activity through our reporting tools," Instagram said. "You can access those tools by tapping the “…” menu from your profile, selecting 'Report a Problem' and then 'Spam or Abuse.'"

Instagram has a page which offers users advice on how best to keep their account protected and what to do if they think an account has been hacked. Users should change their password or send themselves a password reset email if they think they have been affected.

It also suggests users turn on two-factor authentication on their accounts for added protection.

How to turn on two-factor protection on Instagram

Go to the settings tab in the top right corner of your profile
Scroll down and select "two-factor authentication"
Tap "require security code"
You will then need to add a phone number to your account
After this a code will be sent to your phone number every time you try to log into your account

How to Pick a password

Don’t re-use passwords. One ultra-secure one won’t be any good if someone finds it
While combining upper and lower case passwords with numbers to alter a memorable word - M4raD0na - is often advised, these are more easily cracked than you might think
Good advice is to make a long but memorable “passphrase”. String a few words together that you can remember with a visual. “puffineatingbanana” is easy to remember but would take millions of years for a computer to crack
Alternatively, you can use a password manager such as 1Password, which can generate secure passwords and store them online
The best way to protect yourself is to use two-factor authentication, which will send a text with a code or use an app to verify your log-in

Read: 13 Great Tools To schedule instagram posts

While this can keep an account safe from hackers, the information taken from Instagram included user phone numbers, showing that not all data is safe when stored online or even kept private.

Monday, 18 January 2016

How To unlock android phone Password Or Pattern Lock Easily

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As efficient as the human brain is, it is not prefect so anybody could forgot sensitive details like password or perhaps the pattern unlock sequence used in securing his/her android device, in this post, I will share ideas on how to unlock android phone or pattern unlock of any android device with some few simple steps, all you simply have to do is to follow these instructions sequentially and you will see the result.



1. First Turn off your android device.
2. After switching off your android device, press your volume up button {+}  and at the same time press the power button  hold theses two buttons down.
android volume and power buttons:
volume and power button
    It will start a secret terminal interface.
    android system recovery or terminal
Then use the  volume up and down keys to scroll up and down.
Then you will get to the option  WIPE data/FACTORY RESET/DELETE ALL USER DATA.

select it by pressing the power button then wait.
N.B:  after selecting this option you would lose all of your files.

To avoid loosing your files follow this guide

Your device will take some time to boot but after a few minutes it will restart and you will find out that you have successfully unlocked your android phone password and the pattern unlock sequence.

Feel free to drop comments below

How To Use a Locked wifi without password

We all love free things,especially free internet in some countries where there are several wifi networks wasting away, and the cost of data subscription is on the high side. this tutorial will help most of us Use a Locked wifi without password especially the heavy data consumers {Torrent downloads,streaming and gaming}.

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) It is a security algorithm for IEEE 802.11 wireless networks. Introduced as part of the original 802.11 standard ratified in September 1999, its intention was to provide data confidentiality comparable to that of a traditional wired network. WEP, recognizable by the key of 10 or 26 hexadecimal digits, was at one time widely in use and was often the first security choice presented to users by router configuration tools. 

How To Use wifi without password ?

1. Download “Beini 1.2.5 And “Rufus” From the links given Below.

Name : Beini 1.2.5.iso Size : (63.0 MB)

 Name : rufus-1.4.12.exe Size : 625 KB 

2. Plug a flashdrive into the USB port.

3. If your falshdrive has data on it please Backup its content to your hard drive because the flashdrive will be Formated.

4. Open Rufus and configure it like the image shown below in screenshots and click on start. 

5. After this the bootable pendrive is ready 

6. Now restart the computer and change your BIOS settings to run from the bootable pendrive. In most cases of people using Windows, pressing F2 will bring you to the BIOS section. 
   >> pressing ESC key on device startup would work for some models.

7. After booting from the flashdrive, click on a tool called “Minidwep-gtk” and click “OK” on the popup message. 

8. Click “Scan” to scan wireless networks. Select a WEP encrypted wireless network and click on launch.

9. Now have patience. The Password usually gets cracked when the IVS value is between 15k to 50k.

10. After successful cracking, a screen will popup. Note down the “Hex Key” as the password is the Hex Key. 

11. Enjoy Your unlocked wifi without password

 You can now use the cracked Wifi Password to get internet access.
 Feel free to drop your comments below.

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