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September 2008

Shared Identity Providers Could Soothe Password Chaos

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 ...

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    Workshare Protect Premium 6.0 seeks to eliminate the malicious or accidental leakage of sensitive corporate data.

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  • Product review: AirDefense Enterprise 7.3

    AirDefense's AirDefense Enterprise 7.3, a wireless intrusion detection and intrusion prevention tool, has new features including support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) for its sensors, a new user interface, overhauled reporting and new features such as WEP cloaking, advanced forensics, spectrum analysis and a centralized console to manage appliances.

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