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GitHub resets passwords for lazy, reckless users

Fahmida Y. Rashid | June 29, 2016
The number of unauthorized attempts rose as criminals tried stolen passwords from other sites against GitHub accounts and successfully logged in to several of them

GitHub recommended selecting strong, unique passwords, but also advised turning on two-factor authentication. GitHub supports a mobile-phone based authentication app to generate one-time login codes as well as SMS text messages delivering single-use codes. A few months ago, GitHub added support for YubiKey for users who prefer hardware-based authentication.

With so much exposed password data, it's easy for criminals to test stolen credentials against other sites. There is no safe way to reuse passwords. Turn on two-factor authentication wherever possible and use password managers to help generate and store strong and complex passwords.

Source: Infoworld 


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