Complex passwords foil hacks

Tuesday, 1 June 2004, 6:24 AM EST

As more websites demand passwords, scammers are getting cleverer about stealing them -- hence, the need for such "passwords-plus" systems.

To access her bank account online, Marie Jubran opens a web browser and types in her Swedish national ID number along with a four-digit password.

For additional security, she then pulls out a card that has 50 scratch-off codes. Jubran uses the codes, one by one, each time she logs on or performs a transaction. Her bank, Nordea PLC, automatically sends a new card when she's about to run out.

Scandinavian countries are among the leaders as many online businesses abandon static passwords in favor of so-called two-factor authentication.

By the Associated Press at Wired.

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