Improve Your Passwords to Better Protect Your Identity

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Passwords were once the stuff of play, humor and childhood rites of passage.  How did they become the rather boring key to protecting our bank accounts, intimate communications and identities?  Are passwords inadequate to the task of protecting anything truly valuable? And can we find some fun as we improve our passwords and better protect ourselves from 21st century thievery?  Takeaway Tech contributor Baratunde Thurston says yes.

Contributors:

Jen Poyant and Baratunde Thurston

Comments [1]

Abby Stokes

I suggest to my students that they need only three passwords. One for your e-mail, one for the bank and one for everything else. None should contain public information (family names, birth dates, etc.) and all should be eight characters long with a combination of letters and numbers with one letter capitalized. This definitely simplifies things. (Author "Is This Thing On?" A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming)

Dec. 17 2009 08:59 AM

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