crypto and public policy

Password Hell

Filed under: Security & Crypto July 20, 2004 @ 12:24 pm

Dave Barry on passwords (registration required):

We employees are required to keep changing our passwords until, in a triumph of corporate security, we cannot remember them even with the aid of Sodium Pentothal.

Password management is becoming insane. My bank just recently forced me to change my password after just a few months. Their system prevents you from selecting any password you’ve ever used with them before. On one hand, I’m impressed by the effort they put into their security system. On the other, I can’t help but admit that I’m nearing that stage where I simply can’t remember all of my passwords.

What to do? Use a password manager like Bruce Schneier? Hope something better than passwords will finally become real? We are, without a doubt, nearing a significant security/usability crisis.

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