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Password Security – or Insecurities!

By September 3, 2013 January 30th, 2019 No Comments

Working in the security Imagearena probably means I’m more aware of my online insecurities than most. For example, I’m selective about the forms I complete and the details I divulge, I’m wary about the emails I respond to and the links I click, I always check the little padlock in the address bar and I never use the same password for a different site. But that isn’t enough!

The fact that passwords are not the strongest defence is no secret but I’ve always prided myself on creating unique 16character strings, never using a dictionary word, mixing both upper and lower case letters with numbers and symbols if the site allows (which not all do surprisingly). However, the revelation that ocl-Hashcat-plus can crack a 55-character password has once again reminded me that more organisations need to take my security as seriously as I do.

The number of security incidents where organisations have suffered a breach, and a password database has ‘possibly’ been compromised, is fast becoming a ‘non-event’. Hardly a day goes past without one or another company saying sorry and suggesting you change your password as a precaution. Well, I don’t think that’s enough.

I want a virtual world where security isn’t just something given lip-service but actually taken seriously. So, Mr CEO, if you want me to interact with you virtually and secure my on-line trades then step-up to the mark!

– Dulcie

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