Passwords have been front-and-center for data security since 1960, but even their creator–MIT researcher Fernando Corbató–doesn’t think he should take full credit passwords. In fact, if you brought this up to the researchers who did create them, they would tell you that the security concerns for their time were much more limited.
We are finally at a point, however, where passwords might no longer be the most prominent authentication method.
Year after year, the most popular password is so simple that it makes me cringe just thinking about it. Here they are for the past two-and-a-half years.
This is just one of the many bad password practices that research has exposed time and again. Today’s blog isn’t about how to improve passwords, though; we’re diving into how passwords can not only sink your security, but also your productivity!
There are reports out there that show password resets are one of the biggest and most common reasons why help desks are contacted. Simply resetting a password can take a lot of time on both the technician’s side of things and the user’s side. Let’s go through the process and see how much time is actually wasted:
Keep in mind that the entire time this process is going on, you’re dealing with downtime. This means the employee is not working or being productive. Even worse, the employee probably isn’t going to notice that this process is not a simple one, meaning they may not take remembering the password as seriously as it should be.
This is one of the best reasons for you to implement passwordless authentication measures. If you want to know what your options are, we can help! Learn more by calling us at (509) 534-1530.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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