Tuesday, 2 March 2010

charlie brookers on passwords

Nice piece by the ever acerbic Charlie Brooker in the Guardian which cuts to the core of some of the 'identity management' problems that currently exist with online security.

In this age of rampant identity theft, where it's just a matter of time before
someone works out a way to steal your reflection in the mirror and use it to
commit serial bigamy in an alternate dimension, we're told only a maniac would
use the same password for ­everything. But passwords used to be for
speakeasy owners or spies. Once upon a time, you weren't the sort of person who
had to commit hundreds of passwords to memory. Now you are. Part of your
identity's been stolen anyway.

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