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Secure log-ins with pass­words and co.

World Pass­word Day of all things was used to dis­cuss abol­ishing pass­words alto­gether among experts. Quite some time should pass till that time comes though, and our secu­rity rec­om­men­da­tions for pass­words still apply.

“Han­dling pass­words is either com­pli­cated or not secure.” Such or sim­ilar state­ments served to pitch the replace­ment of this seem­ingly unpop­ular method of authen­ti­ca­tion on the occa­sion of World Pass­word Day.

Why exactly none of the alter­na­tives intro­duced so far has been able to pre­vail is due to many rea­sons. On the one hand, a com­pre­hen­sive intro­duc­tion presents a chal­lenge. On the other, no-one can agree whether all those new solu­tions are that much better. Because they all have their snags, too.

The highly-rated FIDO2 process for instance allows log­ging in securely without having to remember a pass­word to do so. It uses so-called phys­ical tokens instead, but then it is easy to lose them. And no token, no access...

It will prob­ably still take quite a while until any alter­na­tive to our good old pass­words will have man­aged to pre­vail. You should there­fore con­tinue to create secure pass­words and use a pass­word man­ager to help you do so.


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