Friday, November 23, 2007

Online security: many passwords and many risks

Despite repeated recommendations not to do so, people typically write down their user names and passwords or recycle them from one site to the next. That means that if a thief gets hold of the list, or your core password, the Internet can become the world's window into your computer, your finances and your identity. Identity theft is a $55 billion-a-year concern, according to most leading estimates. Last year, Arizona had more identity-theft victims per capita than any other state, according to data compiled by the Federal Trade Commission.

Read the article HERE.

At your fingertips: Passwords to the past
Computer passwords could soon be a thing of the past. A survey by the organisers of Info-security Europe, the information security industry trade fair, found that the average number of passwords used at work is five per person – so, with personal passwords factored in, most people use about 12 passwords every day.

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Placing a Value on Passwords
How much is your password worth? Talk about a difficult question to answer! Back in 2004 a survey conducted at one of the UK’s busiest railway stations revealed that 70% of people would reveal their computer password for a chocolate bar. What if I was to tell you that, today, your password is worth something less than four cents?

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