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Facebook Forces Some Users To Reset Passwords
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dblake950
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dblake950,
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11/17/2013 | 11:12:58 AM
Passwords
It's good that Facebook is being proactive, but judging by the increasingly regular announcements of massive breaches and easily cracked personal identifiers, the entire user password concept seems to be obsolete. Telling folks to install software to manage access to software seems the perfect indicator that things have gotten out of hand. What I'd really love to see is a company like Facebook driving the next great leap in personal digital identification--biometrics, voice activation--something requiring less drudgery on the part of the user. 
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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11/17/2013 | 2:04:27 PM
Re: Passwords
Yes and the technology behind biometrics etc has existed since quite some time, but I feel that before a platform like facebook makes biometric identification standard, banks and portals will have to take the lead, reason being that since not every computer is equip to handle biometric identification hence a social platform will want to maximize its user base and keep passwords as an option as well. Since 1.9 million people are using "123456" as their password, I guess 500 million people might just use passwords even if their computers and phones support biometrics.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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11/17/2013 | 3:56:31 PM
passwords are getting old
Hopefully, big companies will learn from Adobe's epic fail. Facebook is wisely being proactive about password protection. It must with such a massive user base. But the use of passwords in general is getting dated and insecure fast. It's time for a breakthrough in fingerprint recognition, voice recognition and other biometrics to identify users.
PaulS681
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11/17/2013 | 7:00:14 PM
password etiquette
I can see why people use the same password across multiple sites. There are just so many to keep track of. It's to bad that companies are so careless with their data and breaches take place. It has become expected today. As users need to be more secure and use different secure passwords businesses need to up their game as well.
PaulS681
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11/17/2013 | 7:06:33 PM
Re: passwords are getting old
@Shane... Great point. Passwords are getting old and some kind of biometrics is sorely needed. First we need to get fingerprint readers more commonplace whether they are hardware or software. Yes they are out there but they need to be standard.
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11/17/2013 | 10:05:20 PM
Good example
Kudos to Facebook for protecting its users from errors made by other organizations. This is an exceptional example of great corporate citizenship.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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11/17/2013 | 10:08:40 PM
Re: Passwords
I agree, Brian. If someone hacks my facebook account, I will owe explanations to my friends. If someone hacks my bank account, I'll owe explanations to the bank, my creditors, and perhaps even the IRS. It's easy to see what the first priority is.
Thomas Claburn
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11/17/2013 | 10:34:32 PM
Re: passwords are getting old
I'm not convinced biometrics help that much. What's gained in convenience is lost in privacy. It's not that hard to come up with a strong password that can be remembered. I think it's worth the effort.
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11/18/2013 | 6:25:41 AM
Re: passwords are getting old
I agree with Thomas here, biometrics may not help much here and keeping cost factor in mind it may absorb hell lot of money, other than this one good security practise i see these days is OTP, most of the banks and financial firms use this method as authentication process for end user which seems little hard to break if your mobile number is updated with bank.
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/18/2013 | 8:33:58 AM
Re: passwords are getting old
Count me in  on the "passwords are getting old" camp for all the reasons mentioned by others in this thread. As for biometrics, I think we're going to see a lot more -- and better biometrics -- in use in short order as the technology matures and gets cheaper. Apples iPhone5s kerfuffle notwithstandig, its incorporation into a mainstream product speaks volumes. On a personal level, I will happily throw away all the passwords I've jotted on sticky notes, (at least those that I can find) and trade in a little privacy for the convenience of a fingerprint reader. 
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