Passwords are everywhere, but are yours safe?

I am too, I am Spock!

I am Spock. I can prove it:. The password is “Go forth and prosper.”

Passwords are like sports teams; some people are passionate about them, others have favorites, some people don’t like them and others don’t care at all. But both sports teams and passwords are part of modern life.

The question: “Is my password safe?” can get you a whole rainbow of answers from hot red to cold blue.

This blog isn’t about how long, complex or hackable your password is but whether yours might have been compromised and in the hands of a hacker somewhere.

With all the retailers and sites hacked and login and passwords stolen like Adobe, Ebay, Google, Linkedin, you might wonder ‘is my password safe?’

Shane O’Neill writes a very nice profile on Troy Hunt’s quest to answer just that question.  O’neill points out: “After Hunt’s Adobe account was ensnared in that company’s 2013 data breach—a breach that compromised 152 million accounts—he took matters into his own hands by building a site for the public.”

Troy  Hunt—is an Australian software architect, blogger, speaker, and author of online security courses. What makes him special is he has in fact put his money where his mouth is.  He funded the answer  out of his own pocket and made it free.

Because individuals are often not informed about their personal vulnerability when data breaches compromise personal identity  he created a free site to check if you are on the list.

His site “Have I been pwned?” (HIBP) is a web service that

checks your email to compare it to publish lists of emails from compromised sites. Just enter your email address and check. Really quite simple. Hunt doesn’t share his sources for the lists or the frequency of update, but there is an implication that it is current.

Services like Hunt’s provide value and depend on the public contributions and we at BPID recommend you check your email. We also encourage you to  support his efforts with a donation. Definitely you should sign up for notification should your email pop up on a list from future breach.

It is our belief that the best way to improve your on-line security is to eliminate the password completely. The real question is why don’t we just eliminate the password all together? The password is the weakest link. Until we introduce Password-free ID it is wise to avail yourself of the tools like Hunt’s- Have I been PWNED.

BPID is on a mission to eliminate the password in 2016. Our asymmetrical  data system makes eliminating the password possible without compromising security or convenience. Stay aware of our progress, please join us by signing up for our news.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPaul Swengler is the CEO and principal of Bulletproof ID a password-free login. He can be reached through www.bpidsecurity.com and can be found on twitter @bpids