Tag Archives: security

Microsoft drops the the ball on security again – Windows 8 passwords in plain text

It what would be an unbelievable event for other tech heavyweights, Microsoft has a second serious security policy blunder to be discovered in recent weeks. This time the focus is around Windows 8 and passwords being stored in plain text.

The hole involves user accounts that switch to an alternate security method – pictures or pins. When this is selected, the original password remains as plain text data.

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You want to be secure, Hotmail doesn’t want you to be.

I recently read an article on the The New Web in which they describe how Hotmail is limiting passwords to 16 characters. Now, this contradicts best practices, and is a policy that tips the “convenance vs. security scale” grossly in favor of convenance (or the attempt of it). In a world that is trending towards allowing pass phrases (i.e. Simple), this policy is misguided at best.

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