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The Secure Password Paradox

        posted by , April 27, 2011

As passwords become more secure they become less memorable. As they become less memorable users are more likely to write them down — dramatically reducing security.

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Password Management Software

Password management software seems like a solution. However, password management software can become a single point of failure.

The user secures all passwords in the tool and must select one master password. If that master password is compromised — all the user's passwords can potentially be exposed. The user must therefore pick a very secure master password and will be tempted to write it down.

The secure password paradox limits the security of password based systems.

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