Yes, and as someone else here pointed out when I suggested finger-prints (John Myers, I think), you'd have to store the data about whose finger-prints they are are on a database, databases can be hacked, and telling people to change their passwords because their data has been compromised is easier than telling people to change their fringer-prints.
Exactly. One master password is one major potential point of failure. But is there any way around this?
Perhaps biometrics, such as retina or fingerprint scans, could be an option in the future. But they are still too expensive or too unreliable.
Also, any thriller, movie or novel, can find ways around those methods. I've seen people use an eyeball and a finger that have been removed to enter secure locations! Seems like a new business in the making.
A breach was actually mentioned by Google in its Chromium Projects site that first disclosed the password generator. Google said storing passwords could leave its servers more prone to being hacked. Of course, Google is always under attack, so it would be one more capability to defend.
There are password programs that generate different passwords for every site, but just require a single password to open for all sites. The idea is you create just one very strong password and remember it. Also, I've read that the length of a password is more important than peppering it various ASCII symbols.
Writing down passwords in an office is, of course, a bad idea. But I wonder whether writing them down at home (assuming you're careful about where you keep them) is really such a big deal.
As for businesses requiring employees to create strong passwords and then change them frequently can indeed result in everyone writing them down.
I'm sorry, Alan, but I think strong passwords are drinking in the last chance saloon. At a rough count, I have something like sixty or seventy passwords now - and of course I have to use simple variations in order to have a chance of remembering them. I try to use the simple ones for sites which don't really need passwords at all - and there are plenty of them.
But demanding users generate strong passwords, over and over again, and change them regularly, simply guarantees they'll write them down.
It's in the interest of Google to reduce the number of people whose accounts are hacked. Google wants people to use its applicationss, such as Gmail, and people have had their Gmail accounts compromised. Also, Google wants lots of people to click on its ads and buy things, and it doesn't want people afraid to purchase because of security concerns.
So it actually is in Google's interest to offer a service with strong passwords.
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In the final episode of this series about the death of Internet anonymity, Saunders describes how the Internet of the future will start to attain a level of intelligence that requires no human intervention. Scary.
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By 2011 the number of Internet-connected sensors will exceed 1 trillion, making your chances of doing anything or going anywhere unnoticed pretty much zero. Saunders talks about how the 'sensortization' of the Internet is eliminating the traditional divide between online and offline populations.
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