In this article on Wired by Mat Honan, he opines that it's time to kill the password and find a way a better way to protect our online identities.
You have a secret that can ruin your life.
It's not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters -- maybe six of them if you're careless, 16 if you're cautious -- that can reveal everything about you.
Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number. Photos of your kids or, worse, of yourself, naked. The precise location where you're sitting right now as you read these words. Since the dawn of the information age, we've bought into the idea that a password, so long as it's elaborate enough, is an adequate means of protecting all this precious data. But in 2012 that's a fallacy, a fantasy, an outdated sales pitch. And anyone who still mouths it is a sucker -- or someone who takes you for one.
No matter how complex, no matter how unique, your passwords can no longer protect you.
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