Your P@55w0rd is obsolete, but it’s not all your fault


Your P@55w0rd is obsolete, but it’s not all your fault

Cyber security is a shared responsibility, and we have to blame a flawed system as well as users like you and me

Kate Thompson Ferreira

According to research by password management tool LastPass, the average person has more than 190 passwords to keep straight. One hundred and ninety.

It sounds an implausible number until you tally up your daily use accounts (personal and work e-mails, social networking sites and so on) and then add in the ones you use less often, plus any online shop you’ve ever purchased from, any subscriptions and memberships you have, and any old accounts you’ve let go dormant. Is your MySpace account still out there in the dusty corners of the web? How about Blogger, Hotmail or Flickr?

If you’ve even been a casual user of online services in the past two decades or so, suddenly having tens of accounts seems a little less absurd. And 190 accounts means 190 passwords, right? After all, experts extol the virtues of having unique passwords for each account...

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