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We keep sharing passwords

Posted by: Diane Brady on June 14, 2007

Most of us, I think, aren’t dumb enough to advertise our passwords on post-it notes around the computer (though it’s tempting). But how many of you have actually shared passwords with a colleague?

Quite a few, it turns out. A new “Password Pain Poll” by DigitalPersona and the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum found that 68 percent of C-level executives say network passwords have been exchanged with colleagues in their organization. About half of them listed ease of use and increased productivity as their top security priority this year. And what could be easier than just spreading your password around?

Yet there are sometimes compelling reasons to share a password. You’re out of the office and need access to a particular file on your computer; or your Blackberry goes dead and you really need a contact that’s housed on your desktop. You call a colleague to dash into your office … thank them profusely, and hope they didn’t sneak a peek at that embarrassing e-mail from your sister.



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