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.