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It’s World Password Day but passwords may be headed for extinction

Tim Greene | May 5, 2017
Biometrics, cellphones can be as secure, less hassle.

But a recent survey by SailPoint says 65% of respondents admit they use the same password multiple times and 44% would sell their passwords for less than $1,000. One in five shares their passwords with co-workers.

Forrester says in a report that passwords are a burden to IT departments. “Using password-based, legacy authentication methods is not only insecure and damaging to the employee experience, but it also places a heavy administrative burden,” according  the firm’s report, “The Top Security Technology Trends To Watch, 2017”. “Forrester sees authentication solutions using navigational clickstream analytics, device location and sensor data, and mouse and touchscreen movement attributes to build normal behavior baselines for users and devices, which the solutions can use to detect anomalies.’

As for improving password security, has four recommendations: create strong passwords to begin with, create different passwords for each account, use a password manager and use multifactor authentication.


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