Extending the relevance of password protection
As the calendar turns to 2012, ineffective password protection strategies continue to expose consumers and business professionals to unnecessary risks. Although some are tempted to write off the practice entirely, password manager software may be able to revive support for the embattled online security paradigm.
It is no secret that even top companies have had weak passwords come back to haunt them. Just last week, researchers from Utah Valley University confirmed that the recent data breach at security intelligence firm Stratfor was the result of such an oversight. According to MSNBC, employees were guarding sensitive data with insufficient passwords like "hello123," "password101" and "administration."
As a result, some online security experts are proposing an end to the modern password. But according to CSO, even advanced - not to mention expensive - biometric authentication strategies have their faults.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, it may be easier and more effective to use best practices in password protection. Although it can be difficult to create and store unique phrases for each online account, password manager software eliminates these concerns and makes strong online security easier than ever before.