How to generate a strong password that’s easy to remember

In the movies, the bad guys pound furiously on a keyboard while techno music blasts and Matrix-style code flashes across their screens. In reality, the bad guys just launch dictionary tools on high-powered computers that make automatic attempts to guess your password. These tools take common words (“happy”, for example) and add simple variations (“1happy” or “happy1” or “1happy1”) to …

Massive password hacks: How SSO makes it easier to cope

On Tuesday, a U.S. security firm uncovered that a group stole 1.2 billion Internet user credentials in what is being called the largest security breach in recent history. If you’ve seen the news coverage of this story, you’ve probably heard experts tell you to change your passwords right away. That’s what we recommend as well. Here are Ascend’s five easy …