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Tell Us the Truth: Why Do You LOVE Passwords?
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SchemaCzar
SchemaCzar,
User Rank: Strategist
4/26/2021 | 10:45:53 AM
"Something you know" is a fundamental authentication factor
Authentication of a person has long been understood to consist in three possible "factors" - something you have (key or token), something you are (biometrics), or something you know (passwords).  A password is no different from a secret key for symmetric encryption, which is used for secure transmission of untold terabytes, zettabytes or more of sensitive data every day.  It's just that the secret key is something we hold in our heads.  Arguably this is more secure than tokens, which can be stolen, or biometrics, which have been successfully spoofed over and over.

The current fad of trying to 'eliminate' passwords is little more than a silly slogan.

While not sufficient by themselves, passwords are a critical authentication factor that we must continue to use.


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