Passwords – annoying but necessary

Many people I know have very easy passwords – this is a securit problem. With all that those in charge of a businesses security do to secure a business (firewalls, anti-virus, patches, etc) end users have their part to play. Part of that is ensuring that their passwords are hard to guess. At best a combination of letters, numbers, variations of case and a blend of nonsense things that are not in a dictionary.
I know, it’s a pain to remember, and it might not be needed for every password, but for your computer logon and other important access points (financial transactions for example), have a very secure password.
The Associated Press writes
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.
“A password is a construct of the past that has run out of steam,” said Joseph Atick, chief executive of Identix Inc., a Minnesota designer of fingerprint-based authentication. “The human mind-set is not used to dealing with so many different passwords and so many different PINs.”
(full story)