The global silliness of the password mentality was beautifully highlighted in a survey conducted last year that found 70 percent of those asked said they would reveal their computer passwords for a bar of chocolate. Sweet. A third of those surveyed volunteered their passwords to interviewers without being offered a bribe. Yet another survey discovered that fully 79 percent of people questioned on the streets of London revealed such desirable security-sensitive data as mother’s maiden name and birth date. ‘We are amazed at the level of ignorance from consumers on the need to protect their online identity,’ sniffed a spokesman for RSA, the pioneering encryption firm that sponsored the research.
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