The everyday agony of the password
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:36 AM
If you (writers of articles like this) want to do something even the slightest bit effective, start writing letters to your legislators, the FCC, the SEC, and whoever you can think of telling them to stop wasting money on the war on terrorism (an idea) and redirect it to fighting a war on cyber terrorism (a reality).
Make hacking a capital crime. Start putting an equal effort into finding and stopping hackers as they do into hacking itself.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:07 AM
Wow, if only we were all as learned and worldly as you.
No, we never have a new crop of computer users. Young people don't like technology. The youngest computer user is 35 years old!
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:22 AM
BTW, Google and Dropbox support the Google Authenticator app instead of just text messages for 2 factor authentication. Only gets rid of the "deliver text message when it's convienent" issue. and you only need your phone, not a separate little dongle.
Doesn't really fix the issue of it being hard to use, and I needed to generate a bunch of 1 time passwords for my iphone mail connection, and another for ipad connection and another for Postbox on my mac, etc.... Dropbox is worse needing a 1 time password for every app i setup to sync, and i've got way more of those than email programs.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:29 AM
What makes you so sure hackers are the problem? What about back doors or the irresponsibility of the user and accountability for their actions? I'm sensitive to the fact that not all users are technies like most of use here, but am some point their needs to be some personal responsibility to learn enough (at least the basics) to protect oneself from most threats.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:31 AM
Great post....it's true. I was at an Informatics conference not long ago that demo'd this on the vendor floor.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:34 AM
I use 1Password and this article confirms my inclination not to get my non-tech family members to use it.
Thanks for the article!
Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:32 AM
rmossman, I would argue that the article is of good value because it raises lingering issues to an appropriate audience. My hope is that if people keep raising the password issue, increasing numbers of IT people (and those who set the silly policies governing passwords) will get a clue: Forcing us to change a complex password every 80 days merely guarantees that we'll write it down on a post-it note, stuck under the keyboard or on the wall. Yes, I have many such notes scattered around my desk. So do each of my colleagues. Because the password demands are truly unbearable. Every computer in the lab has a password key taped to the front of it. You can do all the name-calling you like, but the reality is that 99.9% of people write them down insecurely. And you know what it means when everyone ELSE in the world is wrong about something....
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:52 AM
LOL. And THAT is why I switched to Verizon. I remember about three years ago, my wife (then, my fiance) was upset that I wasn't responding to her texts in a timely manner. I had just got home from work, trying to explain that I sometimes don't get texts until later in the day. She didn't believe me, until at that moment my phone went off. It was a text from her that she sent four hours earlier. She said, "we need to switch to Verizon." And we did once our AT&T contract ended.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:44 PM