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The Importance of Passwords

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There seems to be a drive to eliminate the password from the security spectrum. Passwords are seen as weak and easily compromisable and this is true when passwords are taken on their own. But combined with an additional authentication factor, strong passwords are very important to the overall security of electronic systems. Passwords are the only token that resides within a person's thoughts and are therefore protected by the 5th amendment. Police can force your finger onto a device the want to access; they can hack or brute force a device in their possession, but they can't get into your grey cells.

I can't understand the need to kill strong passwords when combined with effective 2FA mechanisms such as those implemented by Google and Microsoft. Looking back would anyone have thought that 40bit encryption would have been made ineffective because of advances in technology?; would anyone have predicted that SSLv3 would be broken when it originally come out?

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