Password hint: Think whether yours is good enough
Tricky things, passwords. They are our most common way of safeguarding digitally stored information over shared media but they are fraught with contradictions. Most obviously, the safer they look - in terms of length and mix of characters - the harder they often are to remember, making them dangerous when end users write them down. Meanwhile employers are increasingly being told passwords - meant to make things safer - are not just frequently insecure but costly to support and legally contentious.
Consider help desk costs. There is a general consensus that resetting forgotten passwords costs companies around £10-30 a go and can account for between 30 and 60 per cent of helpdesk calls.
"And this will increase with stronger password rules," says Rudolph Huber, VP identity management at ASG.
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- Article: A Note on Proactive Password Checking (24 September 2002)
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