passwords, technology

Mature talk on authentication…

Security vs. usability—that’s the choice we make with passwords (Phys.org)

We all need some kind of authentication process if we are to access information systems at work or at home. We know why we need to do it: to make sure we have access to our data and unauthorised people don’t.

So why do we routinely ignore such advice[…]?

Not all passwords protect equally valuable access. It turns out that many people are choosing weak passwords on low-priority systems like retail and media sites, and stronger authentication measures on high-priority systems like finance and work-related systems.

This sheds light on why even rigorous security measures like biometrics are being applied to instances where people are willing to jump through more password-related hoops but find the password regime horribly inconvenient.

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