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Password Problems

This case is about Passwords Problems:

We all know about the problems with people and passwords and how technology can mitigate some of them. What kinds of problems do you suppose implementing these technologies for people might cause? How well can password alternatives bridge the gap between people and technology while remaining effective?

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Passwords have become the dominant means of ensuring secure access to potentially confidential information for two reasons:

- They're cheap to implement (since no special equipment is required to enter them beyond a keyboard) and
- They're relatively easy to explain to consumers (who are already familiar with the notion via PIN numbers for ATMs).

Simplicity and cheapness have made passwords near-ubiquitous. Nevertheless, there's a growing body of evidence that passwords are not the best means of managing access to applications.

One reason passwords have become more vulnerable is the proliferation of spyware software. Keylogger systems, often deployed as part of such software, can potentially track passwords as you type them. Security specialist Verisign found that 6,191 unique keyloggers were deployed by unscrupulous hackers in 2005, a 65% increase on the previous year. Even without keyloggers, many people continue to use extremely obvious passwords, or keep records of their ...

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How well can password alternatives bridge the gap between people and technology while remaining effective is explained.

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