Who Knows Your Passwords? Canada 150 Recommendation #92

Friday’s= Computer Security

When I talk about cyber security I generally suggest that passwords should be kept strictly confidential. There should be a file, paper or otherwise, somewhere in the organization, that lists all the passwords and only the most senior of employees should have access to it.

In reality, many people have their passwords on a post-it note stuck to their computer monitor. Clearly this means the password is easy for anyone who gains access to the office to use. Mind you, a bad guy has to be in your office to look at the post it note — so what you are saying at this point is that you are relying on your physical security to keep people out — that once the bad guys are on the premises you don’t care about any further protection.

Was that the intention when the passwords were created?

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