News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
You are here: Home / Network Security / T1red of P@sswords? UR N*t @lone
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
T1red of P@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!
T1red of P@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!
By Martha Irvine Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JUNE
30
2014


Good thing she doesn't need a password to get into heaven. That's what Donna Spinner often mutters when she tries to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she's had to create to access her various online accounts.

"At my age, it just gets too confusing," says the 72-year-old grandmother who lives outside Decatur, Illinois.

But this is far from just a senior moment. Frustration over passwords is as common across the age brackets as the little reminder notes on which people often write them.

"We are in the midst of an era I call the 'tyranny of the password,'" says Thomas Way, a computer science professor at Villanova University.

"We're due for a revolution."

One could argue that the revolution is already well underway, with passwords destined to go the way of the floppy disc and dial-up Internet. Already, there are multiple services that generate and store your passwords so you don't have to remember them. Beyond that, biometric technology is emerging, using thumbprints and face recognition to help us get into our accounts and our devices. Some new iPhones use the technology, for instance, as do a few retailers, whose employees log into work computers with a touch of the hand.

Still, many people cling to the password, the devil we know -- even though the passwords we end up creating, the ones we CAN remember, often aren't very secure at all. Look at any list of the most common passwords making the rounds on the Internet and you'll find anything from "abc123," ''letmein" and "iloveyou" to --" you guessed it -- use of the word "password" as a password.

Bill Lidinsky, director of security and forensics at the School of Applied Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has seen it all -- and often demonstrates in his college classes just how easy it is to use readily available software to figure out many passwords.

"I crack my students' passwords all the time," Lidinsky says, "sometimes in seconds."

Even so, a good password doesn't necessarily have to be maddeningly complicated, says Keith Palmgren, a cybersecurity expert in Texas.

"Whoever coined the phrase 'complex password' did us a disservice," says Palmgren, an instructor at the SANS Institute, a research and education organization that focuses on high-tech security.

He's teaching a course on passwords to other tech professionals later this summer and plans to tell them that the focus should be on unpredictability and length -- the more characters, the better. (continued...)

1  |  2  |  3  |  Next Page >



© 2014 Associated Press under contract with NewsEdge. All rights reserved.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Stephen Kahn:

Posted: 2014-07-06 @ 12:58pm PT
I am getting to the age where it is difficult to remember my own name. So please remember it for me. Here is my password. tHIS dOG gETS yOU iNTO eVERY tHING I oWN aS wELL AS THE nSA.

Steve:

Posted: 2014-07-06 @ 10:07am PT
Inventing passwords poisoning. Fortunately, there are password managers and password generators. I also use Sticky Password and I can recommend it.

Luke:

Posted: 2014-07-01 @ 1:52am PT
Luckily I am not tired anymore, I have been using Sticky Password manager for couple years now, but I can imagine people struggling with dealing with passwords.

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN NETWORK SECURITY
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Dairy Queen is known for its hot fries and sweet treats, but it just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Sets Sept. 9 Event: iPhone 6, iWatch on Tap?
Save the date. Apple formally announced that its long-anticipated “special event," will take place on September 9. Does the tech giant have the iPhone 6, and the iWatch up its sleeve?
 
Samsung's New Smart Watch Makes Calls Without Phone
Following up on the Gear 2, Samsung has unveiled a new 3G smart watch, the Gear S, that stands out in its ability to make phone calls and send text messages without a smartphone.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.