Christopher Mims of the Wall Street Journal believes that the password is dying. Thanks to things like two-factor authentication, he's so confident in how irrelevant passwords have become, that he's sharing the password to his Twitter account:
The password to my Twitter account, which has been mine since 2007 and through which I have published more than 51,000 tweets, is "christophermims." Knowing that won't help you hack it, however. In fact, I'm publishing my password to make a point: The password is finally dying, if we want it to.
It'll be fun to see if anything happens to @mims on Twitter in the next few days!
That said, two-factor authentication is an especially important feature that helps make our most valuable accounts a bit more secure. Obviously, nothing is 100% foolproof, but hey! I'm happy to do whatever I can to try and lock things down.
Despite how much I like two-factor authentication, I don't necessarily agree with Mims -- I don't think I'd give out my password at all. I think it's kind of a frightening thing. The whole method relies on the fact that it's a two-step process, both of which are equally important:
- Knowledge factor: This is your standard password that you type in and proves that you at least may be who you are.
- Possession factor: A second step that verifies who you actually are based on having an authenticated device in your possession.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on Christopher Mims post? Is two-factor auth enough? Would you feel comfortable enough giving your password out? Is he crazy? Or am I crazy?
By the way, here are a list of sites that support two-factor auth: twofactorauth.org/
Google link to jump paywall: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=http:%2F%2Fon...