4 December 2006

UN warns on password ‘explosion’ [BBC]

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Password explosion
“Growing use of the web is stripping people of their personal privacy, warns a UN agency report” reports the BBC.

“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.”

“As well as being dangerous, being forced to generate so many login names and passwords wasted time and was very unwieldy, said the report.”

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

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