Web Technologies

Password management

May 31st, 2013 at 01:05

It’s that time again, where my university password has expired and I’ve been forced to change it. As usual, I am continually trying to enter the old password out of habit. I know I’m not alone in this, given the occasional howl of frustration from those around me.

Further frustration is experienced in the shear number of passwords one has to remember these days, nevermind the variation in password rules/complexties you may have to adhere to. Nevermind the fact that for many systems/sites we have a unique/different username.

Many people solve the issue by trying to use the same username/password combination for as many sites/systems as they can – with the obvious security risks. I have my own tactics which I’m not about to divulge!

One method that might help us lower the burden as a team would be the use of SSH Keys for our servers. We’d obviously have to look at the permissions a user has on a particular server – not that that is such a bad thing!

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