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Protect passwords from hackers

Date: July 30, 2006
By: Mike Himowitz

One of the benefits of writing a column is that you get to gripe in public. So here's a gripe I've been nursing for months: passwords.

I have too many of them. In fact, when I counted mine recently, I came up with 42 logins for Web sites, data services, voice mail and e-mail systems. I can do this easily because, like most folks who have to juggle lots of passwords, I do exactly the wrong thing. I write them down - in a safe place, of course.

A bit later, I'll discuss one possible solution to the problem - software that collects your passwords, stores them securely and doles them out when needed. But first, let's gripe some more.
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