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Why Are You Forced to Reset Your Passwords?


Why Are You Forced to Reset Your Passwords?

By Leo Notenboom

Why are you always forced to reset your password for your various online accounts? The answer explains the difference between good and very bad security.–PC Pitstop.

Why can’t online services tell me what my password is?

It’s for your own protection, and actually the result of fascinating mathematical wizardry. And if they can tell you your password? They’re doing security wrong.

Why can’t an online service like Gmail or Hotmail or any of the others, just tell me what my password is rather than forcing me to reset it all the time? I mean, they have to know what it is anyway so that they can check that I’ve entered it in correctly. Right?

Believe it or not, online services don’t necessarily know your password.

Some services actually can tell you your password, and that’s a really, really bad thing. Among other things, it calls in to question that service’s understanding of security.

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This excerpt appears with permission from Leo Notenboom.

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