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What are password mask attacks?

Mask attacks are a targeted brute-force technique used by bad actors to crack passwords. Traditional brute-force attacks systematically try every possible combination of letters, numbers, and symbols to guess a target password. With mask attacks, the goal is to... Read More

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Microsoft adds phishing protection to Windows 11

With the recent release of Windows 11 version 22H2, Microsoft has introduced some new capabilities that are designed to protect users against phishing attacks. These phishing protection features are designed to prevent users from making some of the mistakes... Read More

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Default account lockout policies in Windows 11

Windows 11 is the newest and generally most secure operating system in the Windows family. In the newest iteration of Windows, there are default account lockout policies that exist to mitigate RDP and other brute force password vectors. Brute... Read More

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Service account password rotation

Service accounts are the unseen heroes of your organization’s architecture – they keep critical services running. While most organizations are generally aware of the sensitive nature of service accounts, password practices can still be poor. It is not uncommon... Read More

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School start reminds everyone to stop reusing passwords

Paper, pen, and school itself are the most common school-related words found among breached passwords, according to our latest research. To celebrate the end of summer and the start of another school year, Specops’ researchers analyzed more than 800... Read More