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6/25/2021
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7 Unconventional Pieces of Password Wisdom

Challenging common beliefs about best practices in password hygiene.
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Passwords Aren't *All* Bad
Passwords and password policies are at the fulcrum of the see saw between usability and security. As maligned as they are, they're still the main authenticator in the enterprise and beyond because they're very easy to use.
'We need to give more credit to what passwords in the traditional sense do extremely well,' explained Troy Hunt, a well-known security expert and founder of Have I Been Pwned, a site that hosts a database of over 11 billion passwords known to have been compromised. 'The thing that passwords do better than just about everything else is that everyone knows how to use them.' 
A decent password is better than no password at all and upgrading to completely password-less authentication will simply not an option for many systems for a long time yet-due to factors like cost, complexity, and usability. Nevertheless, wherever possible, organizations should still strive for multi-factor authentication (MFA), which according to Microsoft researchers offers 99.9% more protection than a password alone.
Image Source: Joe McMann

Passwords Aren't *All* Bad

Passwords and password policies are at the fulcrum of the see saw between usability and security. As maligned as they are, they're still the main authenticator in the enterprise and beyond because they're very easy to use.

"We need to give more credit to what passwords in the traditional sense do extremely well," explained Troy Hunt, a well-known security expert and founder of Have I Been Pwned, a site that hosts a database of over 11 billion passwords known to have been compromised. "The thing that passwords do better than just about everything else is that everyone knows how to use them."

A decent password is better than no password at all and upgrading to completely password-less authentication will simply not an option for many systems for a long time yet-due to factors like cost, complexity, and usability. Nevertheless, wherever possible, organizations should still strive for multi-factor authentication (MFA), which according to Microsoft researchers offers 99.9% more protection than a password alone.

Image Source: Joe McMann

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