SplashData’s annual list of most common passwords found that, once again, “123456” is America’s most beloved digital key. However, this comical collection highlights both user frustration with password use and the technological sector’s current quest to replace it with something more sophisticated, The Washington Post reports. Fingerprint authentication is one future avenue, but critics argue that the commonality of our fingerprints makes them easy to lift and nefariously employ. “For now, at least, consumers are probably best off trying to remember strong, unique passwords for important services and turning on two-factor authentication, a system where they have to go through another step to confirm their identity when they log in — usually entering a code that's texted to their phone,” the report states. Editor’s Note: New FTC Chief Technologist Lorrie Faith Cranor, CIPT, wrote about password best practices for Privacy Tech.
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