Wednesday, December 06, 2006

UN warns on password 'explosion'

The need for a better user experience when using passwords ...

"The number of passwords and logins web users need makes it inevitable they will re-use phrases, warned the International Telecommunications Union.

Re-using these identifiers puts people at serious risk of falling victim to identity theft, said the ITU report.

It called on regulators and businesses to find better ways for people to identify themselves to websites.

Password proliferation

Net trends towards personalisation and efforts by websites to track users are leading users to maintain a growing list of the logins and passwords. But this comes with risks, warns the ITU report.

"This may cause security breaches, and leave them vulnerable to the machinations of identity thieves ever increasing in number and inventiveness," said the report."    (Continued via BBC NEWS)    [Usability Resources]

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Password Proliferation

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