Passwords get a lot of abuse. With every data breach come outcries for ever-stronger passwords or, better yet, no passwords at all. "Trash those combinations of letters, numbers, and special characters," they say, "and get yourself some biometrics and a hardware token."
Certainly the humans who use weak passwords deserve a modicum of ridicule or censure, but that doesn't mean that all passwords themselves are bad. As Corey Nachreiner wrote on Dark Reading yesterday: "Simply put, a password is a key. If you lose your house key through a hole in your pocket, do you blame the key when a burglar breaks into your house?"
Plus, there are certain things that passwords can do better than other forms of authentication. Here are seven reasons to love them above all others.
Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio