On Nov. 7,Â The New York TimesÂ ran a story called â€œHow to Devise Passwords That Drive Hackers Away.â€ Written by Silicon Valley correspondent Nicole Perlroth, the piece reigned over the paperâ€™s Most Emailed List for a full week, and for a good reason: Itâ€™s properly freaked out about just how vulnerable we all are to hackers.
The danger with current technology waves is that to appear on everyone’s radar screen you first need to be caught by personal disaster before we consider the next step.
Yes, you are quite vulnerable to being hacked, and no matter whatÂ The New York TimesÂ tells you, passwords arenâ€™t the solution; they are the very problem. The idea that you can devise passwords to keep hackers away is quaint and preposterous. It is an outdated, old-fashioned notion akin to protecting a city with a wall.
Kill the Password: Â a String of Characters Canâ€™t Protect Us Anymore