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.