An estimated 25% of all Internet users choose weak passwords that are easy to remember. Around 60% use the same password for several or all of their accounts.(1) These dangerous habits are due to the growing number of websites requiring online authentication.

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The domain name system (DNS) is a fundamental part of the web. This system translates the characters in a website’s name (for example, cybelangel.com) into an IP address, allowing browsers to connect to website servers.

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On 28 February, cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt reported that data from thousands of Spiral Toys customer accounts had been leaked online. Spiral Toys, a California-based company, sells connected CloudPets teddy bears, which can play remotely recorded voice messages to children. The database used to store account data and voice messages was completely unprotected: more than 2 million audio messages and 821,000 user records had been exposed on the Internet.

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Valentine’s Day is all about love – and Internet users are a romantic bunch. CybelAngel has come up with a list of the ten most popular love-themed passwords, based on millions of leaked credentials on the web.

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The Global Distribution System (GDS) is a unique tool used by travel agents worldwide to book air travel – yet it has very few security features. Unless the system’s IT infrastructure is overhauled, cybercriminals will continue to be able to access passengers’ personal data and hack their plane tickets.

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