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July/August 2006 (vol. 23 no. 4)
pp. 5-7
A recent survey conducted by Sophos (www.sophos.com/pressoffice/news/articles/2006/04/passwordadvice.html) asked, "Do you use the same password for multiple Web sites?" Their admittedly unscientific results confirmed what most of us would expect: 41 percent of the respondents said they always use the same password, 45 percent said they have a few different passwords, and 14 percent said they never use the same password on multiple Web sites. Those 14 percent probably either don't have an Internet connection or are "security professionals." The problem is that where the "security professional" sees prudent, responsible behavior, users simply see overhead that gets in the way of performing whatever task they're trying to do.
Index Terms:
passwords, security, system security
Citation:
Warren Harrison, "Passwords and Passion," IEEE Software, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 5-7, July-Aug. 2006, doi:10.1109/MS.2006.110
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