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Published: 20 Oct 2012

I've forgotten passwords before, but recently I actually forgot an account. I have a password scribbled on a note, and I have no idea what account name or system it's for. Fortunately, I've carefully kept track of 175 other logins and passwords. I probably have more logins than most people but I'm not that unusual. Today's Internet sites keep score by the number of account holders. It's the uncommonly accommodating Internet merchant that will allow a purchase without forcing you to create an account. Applications "in the cloud," such as email, GoogleDocs or social networking sites, require unique accounts. I've got Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Facebook, Yahoo, Flickr, LinkedIn, four email accounts, multiple admin accounts for my personal website, and more than 15 accounts associated with my job. And it's not just a password problem; maintaining uniqueness means eight different login names for accounts associated with work, and at least a dozen more for non-work accounts. How crazy is that? What kind of a daft security model expects someone to remember 175 different... Access >>>

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