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Pew Research Study Exposes America's Poor Password Hygiene
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Joe Stanganelli
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4/4/2017 | 7:55:04 AM
Password hygiene and mindful choices
So I've been thinking about this...

And, okay.  I'm on board with the idea that a lot of this data implies "poor password hygiene," as per the headline, but I'm not on board with the notion that the facts presented in the 2nd paragraph on sharing passwords w/ friends and family members is *necessarily* poor password hygiene.

The question refers to "online accounts".  There's a HUGE difference between telling a casual acquaintance your email or social media password and telling your family members and/or significant other your Netflix or HBOGo password so you can all share and watch video.

There are nearly countless reasons to share certain passwords with trusted loved ones.  Couples may share bill-paying duties, use the same Netflix/HBOGo/other online video accounts, and perhaps may even use the same computer.  I've even known couples to share the same Facebook account and (especially where older/elderly couples are concerned) even email accounts -- even if the account is in only one of their names.

Moreover, what-if plans are commonly in place -- and really should be in place -- for after someone dies.

I mean, sure, sharing passwords willy-nilly is a bad idea.  And yes, sharing passwords at all increases the attack surface.  But mindfully made choices with good reason do not poor password hygiene make.  If we want laypeople to listen to us about good cybersecurity practices, we've got to be less draconian.
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:46:22 AM
Re: Americans Divided
"youngeradult"

I see, that would range quite wide, it may even be not senior for that matter. :--))
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:45:01 AM
Re: Americans Divided
"provide good press-release"

I say that is always part of the game. It is always not looking bad.
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:43:19 AM
Encryption
As article pointed out most people do not know what it is, it sounds like a name of an Act a government came up with and most think they do not have to know a lot about it, they are not aware of it that it is personal.
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:42:45 AM
Re: Sharing Passwords
"Apple cooperated with the Feds"

I hear you. Obviously all does and they can not tell you that they do, it is part of the law, they continue to lie the public that is not a problem. :--))
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:41:25 AM
Re: Sharing Passwords
"...that agreement could end you up in jail. "

I am not up to date on this topic but never heard that somebody went to jail just because they saw patient information, mainly monetary penalty to the institution I would say.
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:39:01 AM
Re: Sharing Passwords
"but only had access to "need to know" "

I agree, otherwise you would not be able to do your work. Sometime we take HIPAA too far.
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:36:51 AM
Re: Americans Divided
"Study was much broader than password hygiene"

True. It is still stating what is obvious, we do not use strong password and share password among different sites, that is our nature I say. 
Dr.T
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1/31/2017 | 10:34:35 AM
Re: Americans Divided
"Democrats and younger adults tend to support strong encryption"

I am not sure, it depends I would say. There are democrats who are concern not having enough information on our personal lives.
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1/31/2017 | 10:32:17 AM
Re: Sharing Passwords
"Its astounding the amount of people that share password "

I hear you. And we are asking them to use a strong password, it is just a fun game.
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