Lost in Password Hell on the Unfriendly Web…

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    • Published: 11-17-2014 11:06 am
      Updated: 11-18-2014 04:03 am
    • "Don’t get me wrong, I love the web, the biggest treasury of human knowledge — and misinformation — ever assembled at everyone’s fingertips.

      And then there are passwords, user id’s, identity thieves, phishing scams, and flashing ads that follow my browser wherever I go.

      It’s the Unfriendly Web. You’ve heard about the Dark Web? This is the User-Unfriendly Web. The User-Unfriendly web uses all the tricks psychologists know that human beings find hard, time-wasting, awkward and expensive.

      Like memorizing long sequences of arbitrary numbers.

      Like making difficult decisions under time pressure — my commercial bank website kicks me out after a few minutes of inactivity.

      Like using different combinations of #,$, numbers, spaces, and forbidden characters every time you have to think of another password."

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