Notes from the Electronic Cottage 4/7/22: Password Hygiene

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Passwords on the web are a big problem both for users who have to remember them, and for web sites that have to believe them. Efforts have been underway for some time to develop a secure way to replace passwords as authenticating who someone is to web sites. How will that happen? Here are some proposals for the future but we aren’t there yet so we’d best keep taking the time to develop strong passwords to keep ourselves – and the web – safe.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.