September 2012

Password compromises

There are many problems with passwords; Ed Felten explained the issues very well a few months ago.  One big problem is that they can be stolen: the bad guys can somehow get hold of your password and use it themselves.  But how can this happen?  It turns out that there are many different ways, each of which requires a different protective strategy.


I’m delighted to succeed Ed Felten as Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. He’s a hard act to follow! But what does the FTC do, and what is the role of a technologist?