Expect Phishers to Up Their Game in 2016

From Krebs On Security:

“Expect phishers and other password thieves to up their game in 2016: Both Google and Yahoo! are taking steps to kill off the password as we know it. New authentication methods now offered by Yahoo! and to a beta group of Google users let customers log in just by supplying their email address, and then responding to a notification sent to their mobile device.

To come full circle on the lead of this story, I think it’s likely we’ll see an increase in more targeted, personalized phishing attacks if Google and Yahoo!’s two-factor solutions gain wide adoption. Perhaps Google anticipated this in April 2015, when it starting offering its Password Alert feature — a Google Chrome browser add-on that will display a warning if you type your Google password into a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page. Google says this protects users from phishing attacks and also encourages people to use different passwords for different sites, a security best practice.”

Remind yourself that simpler is not always better, especially when it comes to online security.