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Why passwords suck

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You have all heard the importance of using strong passwords, however in recent events it’s become clear not a single goddamn one of us is paying the least bit of attention to this, so that tells me that the problem will not solve itself and that end users cannot be trusted to secure their own accounts.

Google has also noticed this problem and has started allowing a 2 factor authentication system to be used to help secure a users account from their own stupidity.
Steam also implemented a similar system and made it the default. They have ensured that it doesn’t matter if you use the same password for gmail as you do for steam, they know your password is “password” and that you use it everywhere. They have begun to acknowledge that you can’t be trusted.  This is a good thing. You as an end user should demand similar protections on other services as well, go harass the OSS community to write open source software for this.  Go complain to Microsoft that you want these protections and are willing to pay for the ability to safety have a terrible password, because you have a terrible password without this protection right now.

When this happens yes of course some clever hacker will find ways around it,  but for the majority of database thefts and phishing attempts it will stop them from changing you Facebook profile photo to a giant purple dildo for their own amusement. It will help when your favorite video game company loses a pissing contest with hackers…

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Written by laurelaibailey

July 2, 2011 at 6:17 am

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