Beyond Passwords

by | Jun 10, 2016 | VO Business

No doubt you’ve heard that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts were hacked.

Are you kidding me?  That’s like saying North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has breakfast every day inside the Pentagon!

If it can happen to Zuckerberg…what chance do we have?  Well, as it turns out, Zuckerberg may have gotten lazy, and by NOT being lazy, we can increase our chances of staying safe.

Like most of you, I use the same password too often on too many sites.  This site makes that very clear.

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, I’m the world’s 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, I’ll introduce a new one.  I change these randomly.

I thought that was pretty good.

It’s not.

A WIRED MAGAZINE article : Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t 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, it 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.

In the meantime, Zuckerberg and the rest of us can aid in our own online security by doing one simple thing without fail:  use different passwords for multiple websites.

Have a great weekend!




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