What's Your Password? Ahh, Nevermind
... Crooks & Kids Can Find It Easy Enough
November 29, 2012
By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Actor & TV News Anchor
Like many people, I use the same password too often on too many sites.
I DO take care to use complicated passwords (combination of upper/lower case, numbers, symbols, and long strings) for my crucially important sites such as financial information.
Luckily I have an almost RainMan-like ability to remember these strings (on the flip side, Iím the worldís WORST at remembering names!).
For all my social networking accounts, and anything else that requires a password, I have 6 or 7 pat password strings that I rotate from time to time, and every once in a while, Iíll introduce a new one.
I change these randomly. And I thought that was pretty good. But itís not.
A recent Wired Magazine article: Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Canít Protect Us Anymore, has upset my veil of security.
I suggest you take the time to read this excellent article right now. It should scare you. It did me.
Luckily, the article comes with some common-sense ideas for making things tougher for the bad guys, although, in general, it makes a great case for getting rid of the paradigm of password-use altogether.
Dave Courvoisier is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, writer, producer, voice actor, and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate. He also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a popular daily blog of voice over industry and technology experiences and observations.
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