11 January 2017 at 10:48am
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6 June 2016 at 2:00pm
The past week saw a number of breaches of usernames and passwords from well-known websites. People are prone to reuse passwords across personal and corporate accounts, and compromised social networking accounts can be used to conduct social engineering attacks.  These incidents have the potential to impact on your own organisation but it can be difficult to prioritize them alongside other incidents. For a large organisation with many thousands of users the process of notifying and supporting affected individuals can be involved and time consuming.
29 August 2014 at 11:50am
A recent discussion got me thinking about what might be the right number of passwords. There are plenty of references that still say you should have a different password for every service, and breaches such as Adobe’s last year show why. If you use the same password on two different websites and one of those gets compromised, either by phishing or loss and cracking of a password file, then both accounts are put at risk.
11 March 2014 at 2:03pm
I've had several conversations this week that related to what's commonly referred to as "level of assurance": how confident we can be that an account or other information about an on-line user actually relates to the person currently sitting at the keyboard. Governments may be concerned with multiple forms of documentary proof but I suspect that for most common uses in the education sector that may be over-complicating things.
There’s little doubt that passwords are an inconvenience. Unfortunately they remain the most practical way for most of us to keep our on-line identities to ourselves. Without them, or if you don’t keep them secret, it would be far easier for someone else to masquerade as you, to read and modify any of your information and to take any action in your name.
PB/INFO/026 (10/05) Why passwords matter Every time we use a computer, a network or an electronic service we should have to prove who we are. This is important to ensure that we are entitled to use the particular service, and to give us access to our own personal information and settings.
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