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CNET News Video: Getting past passwords

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CNET News Video: Getting past passwords

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With another major Internet security breach revealed, users are again being encouraged to change their passwords. Milwaukee-based Hold Security is reporting that a Russian cyber gang stole 1.2 billion passwords and more than 500 million email addresses. CNET's Sumi Das and Connie Guglielmo report on how to better manage your passwords and what could soon replace passwords.

[MUSIC] Another major online security breach, and another call for internet users to change their passwords. But, even if you follow best practices, like having unique passwords for different sites, passwords can still be vulnerable. Creating a password, no matter how tricky and complex you think it is, is not something you can rely on to stop. A very devoted hacker from getting to your data. Constantly changing your passwords can make it difficult to remember all those combinations of letters and numbers and symbols. Password managers like LastPass and the 1Password app can help you keep track. You log into the password manager and then it autogenerates. And creates and manages all the passwords for you. Tech companies have begun looking beyond passwords. Incorporating biometric sensors to unlock devices. Fingerprint scanners are already on the iPhone 5S, and Samsung Galaxy S5. Your phone's camera could soon be used as a retinal scanner. There's, there's a lot more things that they can use on your retina to identify you, uniquely. Then even on your fingerprint. Toronto based Bionym is developing a device that would use your heartbeat to would unlock everything from your car to your computer. So you won't have to rely on you memory to remember all those passwords. In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Das, Cnet.com for CBS News.

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