Creating a password system that works

Monday, 19 April 2004, 4:17 PM EST

The all-too-human penchant for using the same password everywhere drives computer security firms crazy.

"We actually have a client whose password is his daughter's name: 'S-U-S-A-N,'" said Serge Jorgensen, VP of Sylint Group, a computer security consulting firm.

"People can have very strong firewalls and be spending a lot of money on private networking, but not consider that the president's password is his daughter's first name," Jorgensen said. "So now, anyone can have access to the system through the secure equipment the company has put in place, because they know the password."

By Michael Pollick at the Herald Tribune.

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