Leave a comment

TV network's online security tips turn into an embarrassing blunder

TV network's online security tips turn into an embarrassing blunder

Having strong passwords can seem like a pain, but it's the first step to protect yourself against hackers, snoops and other thieves. But even if you have a strong password, you have to be smart about it, given with just happened over at CNBC.

The news outlet posted a story about password security and even included a password checker, which was supposed to test your password's strength, pictured above. Only the problem is that passwords were then shared, through an unencrypted connection, to a Google Docs spreadsheet and also sent to multiple third parties such as advertisers.

Because the connection was through HTTP: and not HTTPS: (Click here to learn more on why that's important), any hacker with a little know-how could easily grab your passwords from the public Wi-Fi you read the article on. Once hackers have your passwords, the sky is the limit.

The problem was first discovered by a Google security engineer, Adrienne Porter Felt who alerted Twitter:

She also followed up with a witty joke:

To CNBC's credit, the article was quickly taken down, however no explanation was given. The company has not responded to major media outlets. If you want to see the original article, titled “Apple and the construction of secure passwords" it's been archived here.

Next Story
Source: Engadget
Breaking News: T-Mobile is killing off the phone call
Previous Happening Now

Breaking News: T-Mobile is killing off the phone call

Microsoft announces upcoming changes to Windows 10 and more
Next Happening Now

Microsoft announces upcoming changes to Windows 10 and more

View Comments ()