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Forget your password?

Posted by BPuhl on January 20, 2010

Read an interesting article at http://redtape.msnbc.com/2008/08/almost-everyone.html on the issues/weaknesses of password recovery schemes. 

Most everyone remembers when Sara Palin’s Yahoo mail account was hacked, because her password recovery questions were easily discoverable.  One thing that I thought was interesting in the article though, was the idea of a “black market” for personal information – let me go buy a profile to find out the name of your dog, your favorite restaurant, etc…  How would people come up with this information in the first place, are there secret spies in black trench coats following everyone around taking notes on everything they do?  I have no idea…

…in other seemingly unrelated news – has anyone else taken all those funny Facebook quizzes where you answer questions about yourself, and they tell you how long you’re going to live, what your zodiac sign means, and things about your shopping habits and sexuality that you never even realized you knew?  There’s got to be a thousand of those things out there…  I’m sure glad that Facebook is much safer than the dangerous “internet”!

hmmmmm……

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One Response to “Forget your password?”

  1. Saptha said

    I think its time for everyone to implement complex passwords for users , but practically my company I always have to spend few hours explain users what the he** is ” Complex password ” you need a number caps, simple and all , they never get used to it,
    I wonder why windows 7 change SAM file structure that I cant reset 7 admin password using offline password reset disk.

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