7 Reasons To Love Passwords

Passwords are often ridiculed, but there are some reasons they should be your nearest and dearest authentication factor.
There are, no doubt, more reasons to love the humble password. They give you the opportunity to say, "What's the password?" i
When a database of passwords is compromised, it's relatively easy to revoke those credentials and replace them with new passw
You've got the same fingerprint forever, like it or not, but you can periodically fire your password and replace it. That may
Normally the purpose of a password is to prevent others from accessing your resources, so it's not something you generally go
Sure, you generally bring your fingers and retinae with you everywhere, but fingerprint and retina scanners aren't quite as r
Although each retina is unique, you have only two of them, if you're lucky. Your fingerprints are similarly limited. Yes, the
Although a stack of a thousand different randomly generated eight-character passwords would be difficult to remember without
You can make your password whatever you want (depending, of course, on the restrictions mandated by the password policy). Mor

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.

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