PSA: Must Read on the Lack of Security in Passwords

A great article from Mat Honan on how the current use of passwords in our online worlds is flawed.

Our digital lives are simply too easy to crack. Imagine that I want to get into your email. Let’s say you’re on AOL. All I need to do is go to the website and supply your name plus maybe the city you were born in, info that’s easy to find in the age of Google. With that, AOL gives me a password reset, and I can log in as you.

First thing I do? Search for the word “bank” to figure out where you do your online banking. I go there and click on the Forgot Password? link. I get the password reset and log in to your account, which I control. Now I own your checking account as well as your email.

If your the tech person in your family then make sure you read this an advise your family members over the holidays on how to secure their online identities.

PSA: Must Read on the Lack of Security in Passwords