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SearchOpenSource: Passphrases Instead of Passwords on Red Hat, Part 1

Aug 25, 2006, 09:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Turnbull)

[ Thanks to Jane Walker for this link. ]

"Most organizations use passwords to control access to IT resources. But it's increasingly looking like passwords are not ideal security controls. The type of password that would provide reasonable security is usually too complicated for a user to remember, which usually means the user ends up writing down or otherwise recording the password (meaning it can be stolen).

"This tendency is further exacerbated when you get into password policies that enforce password length and construction, for example requiring certain types of characters, checking for similarities to previous passwords and disallowing the use of dictionary words..."

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