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LastPass survey reveals 95% of Americans are likely to share their passwords with friends and family

Almost 95% of Americans are likely to share their passwords with friends or family, a recent survey by password management app LastPass has revealed. These ranged from simple Wi-Fi passwords to critical bank account ones.

The online survey, which polled 1,053 US consumers over the age of 18, showed 73% of all the people who admitted to sharing their password were very aware of the risk of doing so but still went ahead. What is more discerning is that 59% of those polled re-used the same password for most of their accounts on multiple sites thus increasing the chances of a deadly hack or phishing.

"Nearly all aspects of our lives have some online component and when you bring password sharing into the mix, all of that sensitive information is instantly compromised," said LastPass vice president Joe Siegrist.

The survey results, published in PC magazine on 18 February, also revealed how younger people are more likely to share passwords with friends than older people. Almost 40% of 18 to 29-year-olds said they shared their passwords compared to only 8% of those over 60 years old. The date when the survey was conducted was not available.

About 27% of people from the polled candidates said they did not believe that password sharing is risky as 74% of them only shared it with people they trust closely. Interestingly, LastPass itself was hacked in June 2015 indicating that not even password manager apps are completely safe from such attacks.

Smart TVs could be the next target of cybercriminals

Smart TVs, lacking in security features when compared to smartphone and PC, could be vulnerable to cyberattacks. While there have been numerous cyberattacks on phones and computers, it would not take hackers too long to find out the flaws to pose an attack.

The smart TV with USB ports, operating system and network capabilities are not too different from the smartphones. But unlike smartphones and other smart devices, the smart TVs don't require authentication to obtain access.

Apart from being sold as a commercial product, smart TVs are also widely used in business board rooms. Research and Markets firm forecasts the global smart TV market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.37% over the period 2014-2019 in terms of revenue, whereas the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.10%.

Speaking to CSO Online magazine Phil Marshall, the chief research officer for Tolaga Research said, "Many of the solutions aren't even adapting the best practices that are already known in the IT world. The ecosystem is fragmented, and there is an emphasis on getting the solution to market quickly."

Craig Young, the computer security researcher at Tripwire said that some of the models of these smart TVs don't provide details if it is being controlled by the person who is sending commands over the network it is connected to. This means hackers could use smart TVs to discover what is happening in company's meeting room. "If someone in the board room is doing a presentation, that can lead to some embarrassing situations or some unexpected situations," Young said.

Another way to gain access to the TVs is by installing malicious software. Candid Wueest, the threat researcher at Symantec has recently managed to get his own Android powered TV infected with ransomware malware. He claims that infecting a TV with this malicious software could turn out quite profitable for hackers.

 

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Warning — People are Sharing a Link that will Crash and Reboot your iPhone

Mohit Kumar

A new prank circulating on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platform could crash your iPhone or iPad completely.

If you come across a link to crashsafari.com, you are advised not to open it on your iPhone, iPad or even Macs. Doing so will cause Safari application to crash, potentially causing your Apple device to restart. In case, you want to try this out, just click here to visit the website and watch what happens. Currently, people are spreading the link to CrashSafari.com via Twitter using a URL shortener, and users are tricked into visiting the site without being knowing.

How does this Prank Work?

The prank website (crashsafari.com) generates a ridiculously long, and increasing string of characters and then overloads this text string in the address bar of Apple's default Safari browser.

CrashSafari site's code is very simple and includes:

  • A Header Title that you will never actually see because the browser crashes.
  • A small piece of JavaScript that calls the HTML5 History API thousands of times in a loop, potentially causing Safari to freeze.

Android Users are Vulnerable Too

Safari struggles to process the long string, causing the iPhone to heat up, crash and then reboot.

This same thing happens on iPads that also has Safari browser. However, even Android devices that run Chrome on it heat up and become sluggish, while visiting this website.

Desktop and Laptops Are Affected Too

Even desktop and laptop computers are also affected by this bug, but to a lesser degree depending on system's processing power. Visiting the website will cause Safari on a Mac to crash, showing 'Application Not Responding'.

Chrome on Macs and other computers also becomes not responding. However, restarting the Mac or quitting Chrome on Android devices, as well as rebooting iPhones and iPads, clears the issue.

The 'hack' is otherwise harmless, but it will likely cause you to lose all your open tabs. It works on the latest versions of Apple operating systems, iOS 9.2.1, OS X 10.11.3, as well as some of the beta seeds.

Apparently more than 150,000 people have fallen victim to just one abbreviated link alone. Apple has yet to comment on the issue.



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