Thursday, October 6, 2016

fatigued by hacking possibilities

We don't want to have to remember multiple passwords, pins or codes. We use the same password for multiple things. It is stressful, exhausting and appears to be a waste of our time.

Just like we suffer from fatigue because of ongoing high terrorism alert warnings, now we are all suffering fatigue from continuous warnings about hacking and our efforts to fight it on our computers. A new report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology found Americans are giving up transacting business on unknown online accounts and resorting to old passwords because they are exhausted from trying to keep up with security warnings. Who can keep all their pass codes and sign ons in their heads? Who writes them on sticky notes and sticks them to their computer monitor? Exhaustion and giving up puts us individually and corporately at risk.The sad thing is if hackers hack us they will get lots of access to private and work sites and banking and health information is particularly at high risk. Read the report here https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2016/10/security-fatigue-can-cause-computer-users-feel-hopeless-and-act-recklessly  I feel better reading the report. At least we are all suffering the same way over these issues. Here's the news article http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37573795

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