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Posted 09 December 2004 - 04:24 PM
For some security pros, the asterisk issue is just a fragment of a larger problem. "My belief is that Microsoft needs to stop using passwords," said Vadim Lander of Computer Associates. "Companies need to be looking at moving towards using stronger authentication, such as tokens or biometrics."By John P. Mello Jr. TechNewsWorld 12/09/04 8:43 AM PT Asterisks bug Alex Konanykhin. Dots irritate him, too. That's because he believes they're used by software makers to lull computer users into a false sense of security when they Enter passwords into their computer. Because users can't see the passwords hidden behind the asterisks, "most users believe they are secure," the CEO of the Internet marketing company KMGI.com told TechNewsWorld. He explained that dots and asterisks seduce users into opting for the "save password" feature in Windows because it saves time. What users are often ignorant of, he continued, is that anyone that uses that computer or accesses it from the Internet can harvest those passwords.