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Killing Passwords: Dont Get A-Twitter Over Digits
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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11/21/2014 | 8:15:51 AM
Re: Twitter should be ashamed.
Totally agree, Dave.  Consumers are still focused on card theft and need to become aware of the dangers they face from the growing amont of stolen personal information from social media, healthcare apps, etc., that is making criminals rich in the black market for that data. 
HAnatomi
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HAnatomi,
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11/21/2014 | 1:18:37 AM
"Interference of Memory" can be easily overcome
Generally speaking, hard-to-break passwords are hard-to-remember.  But it is not the fate. 

At the root of the password headache is the cognitive phenomena called "interference of memory", by which we cannot firmly remember more than 5 text passwords on average.  What worries us is not the password, but the textual password.  The textual memory is only a small part of what we remember.  We could think of making use of the larger part of our memory that is less subject to interference of memory.  More attention could be paid to the efforts of expanding the password system to include images, particularly KNOWN images, as well as conventional texts.
dak3
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dak3,
User Rank: Moderator
11/20/2014 | 11:23:43 AM
Re: Twitter should be ashamed.
One problem, though, is that most people aren't aware of the value of their data when it isn't a specifically monetary transaction (bank, retail, etc.). There's lots of money to be made (by hackers) in PII (Personnally Identifiable Information).
Bprince
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Bprince,
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11/20/2014 | 11:18:20 AM
Re: Twitter should be ashamed.
I agree. Really, I think when it comes to passwords, people just need to decide what they care about most (online banking, Facebook, Twitter etc) and try to come up with individual pass phrases or things that they can remember but other people won't realistically be able to guess. The rest of the accounts without meaningful info at stake don't really have to be as complex. 
Robert McDougal
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Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
11/20/2014 | 10:39:29 AM
Twitter should be ashamed.
I don't see Digits as a step backwards in security, considering most apps don't prompt for a password once installed. However, for Twitter to claim this is a major step forward is misguided at best.


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