Passwords – Just a hassle

For most people passwords are just a pain in the backside. Having so many different ones to remember, having to change them all at different times, trying to think of new ones every few weeks; it all just seems like more hassle than it’s worth.

I hear this from computer users almost every day of the week, specially in offices. And of course they share information with their colleagues anyway so what’s the point.

OK. Here’s the point. Passwords are the first line of defence from prying eyes. Whether it’s a colleague passing by your desk or a visitor to the office, a password is the most basic form of protection. You may feel you don’t need protection from these people and maybe 99 times out of 100 you would be right. But computer security is not about those 99 times. It’s about protecting yourself from that 1% risk.

It’s the same reason you continue to wear a seatbelt, even if you’ve never had a crash. Because if the situation does come up, you want to have some level of protection in place.

We’ll talk more about passwords again, but for now, let’s just accept that we do need them and leave it at that


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