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UnixInsider.com: Building blocks to security: Passwords -- the first line of defense

Jun 10, 2001, 16:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sandra Henry-Stocker)

Until we all have retinal scanners mounted on our PC's, passwords are going to be a fact of life. This article says that people are making the same sort of mistakes they've been making with regard to passwords for over a decade, and offers some insight into ways to manage the ever-growing number of logins people have to juggle to get around their computing environment.

"Even if user password choices are much the same as they were 10 years ago, however, two dramatic changes have taken place. For one, the number of passwords and other secret codes that each of us has to remember has increased dramatically. Given online banking, online bill paying, access codes for voicemail and unlocking cell phones, secret codes for ATMs, passwords for logging in to Websites, and security codes for offices and maybe even homes, the fact is that we are reaching the point at which we simply have too many secret codes to remember without some kind of crutch, whether it be paper or something else altogether. We run the risk of being locked out of our various accounts and maybe even our homes and offices by an excess of secret codes. If we set all of our passwords the same or write them down to compensate, we introduce risks of another kind."

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