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Take Control of Your Passwords, 3rd Edition by Joe Kissell

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Understand the Problems with Passwords

Because you’re reading this ebook, you probably already have a problem with your passwords, such as how to come up with them or how to remember them. We’ll get to those sorts of problems shortly.

First, I want to discuss some of the overall problems with passwords. What’s wrong with simple, easy-to-remember passwords? Why do we need so many passwords, anyway? What are the common threats against passwords? And if this whole username/password system is so flawed, what can be done about it?

Simple for You, Simple for Them

The whole idea of a password is that it’s private—something known only to you and to the entity with which you have an account (a bank, website, cloud service, etc.). If someone else learns ...

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