Despite efforts to promote and encourage good cybersecurity practices, Internet users continue to put themselves at risk. SplashData has released its annual Worst Passwords of 2015 list, and it revealed that “123456” and “password” still top the list as the most commonly used passwords, and they have been on the top since 2011. Other passwords included “12345678,” “qwerty,” “12345,” “123456789,” and “football.”
“We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns, they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “As we see on the list, using common sports and pop culture terms is also a bad idea. We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites.”
VersionOne unveils its Winter 2016 release
The agile life-cycle management solution provider VersionOne is looking to give users even more visibility into their projects with its latest release. The company announced its Winter 2016 release comes with a new feature, the VersionOne Continuum, that aims to extend visibility across the entire life cycle from portfolio planning to Continuous Delivery.
Other features of the release include new Enterprise-Level Dashboards, new Timesheets, and updates to Kanban, TeamRoom and CommitStream.
“With the introduction of Continuum, VersionOne is providing unparalleled depth and breadth of visibility to all levels within an organization and across the entire software life cycle,” said VersionOne CEO Robert Holler. “Unlike point solutions that only address one aspect of the software life cycle or team-based tools that can result in significant organizational fragmentation, VersionOne’s unified platform enables improved decision making and enterprise-scale business agility.”
Google wants to teach deep learning
The phrase “deep learning” has been on the lips of developers and programmers recently. Google and Udacity saw that deep learning is taking over the world of machine learning, which is why they have announced a brand new Deep Learning Course to give developers techniques to apply deep learning to their own problems. The course was put together by Vincent Vanhoucke, a principal scientist at Google and a manager in Google’s deep-learning infrastructure team.
The course is approximately three months, and it’s free. In the course, students will learn how to train and optimize basic neural networks, convolutional neural networks, and long short-term memory networks. Complete learning systems in TensorFlow will be introduced by projects and assignments. More information on the course can be found here.
DuckDuckGo will keep DuckDuckHack
DuckDuckGo is a community platform to get developers started with open source, and now the organization has made improvements to its search results and Instant Answers (IAs), which are made for specific queries. Some changes include keeping the developer community on duckduckhack.com, so it is now the starting point for everyone interested in contributing.
Besides a list of IAs that are live, there is now a public pipeline of IAs. The pipeline includes IAs from the planning stage up until they are about to go live. Anything in the testing phase is publicly available on DuckDuckGo’s beta server.
DuckDuckGo also made the IA process easier. Developers can go to their dashboard and create an IA, which can then be coded and tested. Developers can then submit their IA to the GitHub repository.
More information on the updates can be found here.