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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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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.
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.
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 | 7:06:33 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.
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.
aditshar
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aditshar,
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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. 
aditshar
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aditshar,
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11/20/2013 | 4:58:04 AM
Re: passwords are getting old
Considering and bringing new password system to FB which hold high number of users, i dont think it will be easy task and Biometrics for sure wont work here and if they bring some OTP kind of service then for sure Sign up will not be free of charge as it is now, there has to be something which do not fetch much from FB bank account and other than this i bet 40% of FB users dont even know about security threat due to password stolen or hacked.
PaulS681
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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.
SpawnAllan
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11/20/2013 | 5:38:33 PM
Re: password etiquette
This is exactly what sold me on using a password management software, because of the unique password reuirements on various websites. I (like some of the other commenters I've seeen here) use RoboForm to store different password for each website I visit. RoboForm can also integrate with biometric devices like the one mentioned here.
Gary_EL
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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.
MeganCisco
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11/18/2013 | 2:33:37 PM
Password managers
More and more sites are getting hacked. It's hard to prevent it but the best advice is to get a password manager to create unique passwords for each website that you use so if one website is hacked they won't be able to use that password on other sites that you login to. I have been using Roboform to do this for me for years and cannot live without it.
JDC3
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11/18/2013 | 4:56:37 PM
Re: Password managers
@Megan - I agree.  It looks like a password manager is a better/simplier solution than biometrics.  I've been using RoboForm for a few years now as well - nothing but good things to say about it.
TylerS824
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11/19/2013 | 3:01:30 PM
Re: Password managers
Looked into RoboForm yesterday after reading the article and your comments.
Looks really simple and like it so far, only thing I don't like is that they don't let you save receipts of online transactions into a file. 
PaulS681
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11/20/2013 | 8:33:53 PM
Re: Password managers
I don't think we should be writing off biometrics so quickly. I don't think password managers are a better solution. They are a good solution atm because we use passwords. Biometrics need to get better and they won't be in use tomorrow but give them time. Biometrics is the answer to passwords in my opinion.


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