Nov 24, 2010, 14:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Seifried)
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" While I was writing this article, I ran across a great phrase
so perfect for this month's topic that I have to share it with you:
"password fatigue" . Because we all have multiple accounts with
different usernames, passwords, security questions, PIN numbers,
and whatnot, we end up with way too many passwords.
"Often you can't use the same username (e.g., because your name
has already been taken or the system assigns a name), and you
definitely should not use the same password (a compromise of one
system would then let the attacker into all your accounts). As for
security questions, you should never use "real" information (like
your zip code), because this information is easily discovered and
used to reset or recover your password from the service provider.
To be safe, you need to choose a good strong password –
different for each site you use. I personally have around 350
passwords, security questions, and so on, of which I probably use
50-100 on a regular basis. And it drives me nuts."