The weakness of passwords – What leaked nude photos teach us




They were so mad at all, being Romans. Every day at dawn chose a division of their majestic army a new password, which is a clay tablet was distributed and that soldiers had to use to identify themselves to the encounter of the guard – hence the term ‘password’. Very high tech was not, but two thousand years later, we have the worse for each other: who will change his password after all, every day?

Nude & # 039; s The realization that passwords the Achilles heel of our privacy, it is hard last week arrived at the celebrities nude pictures of herself saw popping up on the Internet. Unlike some media initially suggested, these were not captured at a hack, but the steal user names, passwords and answers to security questions.

Passwords are since the emergence of the first shared computer in the sixties used to ensure that one’s files were not just accessible. At that time, however, computers were used mainly for research, and not to host nude photos and other sensitive personal information. This practice, however, overtaken by time; not only are there now on computers that worked and consumed, there are also today smartphones and tablets, which sometimes go through almost every minute of one’s life.

Information on PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets is often only isolated from the outside world with a password. Admittedly, retrieving passwords no longer offers the enemy a chance to attack us from within, but passwords are for many people the only thing that separates private files from the rest of the world.

The problem is that you can not expect them to come up with a unique password for each site that is also to all the security requirements of people – though that basically have to today. Tweakers looks at why this is necessary and how realistic it is.


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