In this post, Tyler takes a look at how we can improve the security of our passwords while making them easier to use.
Passwords are either too simple which makes them easily broken; or complex but too hard to remember which makes them more likely to be written down, thereby defeating their purpose. For years we’ve been told the most secure passwords are those that utilize capitalization, numbers, symbols, etc. A 2007 article entitled ‘The Usability of Passwords‘ written by Thomas Baekdal which has garnered some recent attention poses a new theory regarding the best practices of password security.
The password security model is still and will forever be an imperfect system of authentication. With these improvements, however, we can do more to keep our accounts safe until other methods of authentication such as biometrics become more widely adopted.