Passwords have been standing guard over our computer user accounts seemingly forever; for a long while, and for most purposes, they could go it alone.

But it’s no secret that passwords are no longer sufficient as the sole means of granting access to critical networks, applications, and data, particularly as the number of applications requiring passwords at any given firm has skyrocketed. Either passwords are too weak, not changed regularly enough, or users write them down in a publicly accessible (read: not very secure) place, or theyre long enough, complex enough, and changed regularly, and thus impossible to remember.

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Officials at Twitter confirmed media reports that a hacker gained administrative access to the service and used it to view details of multiple accounts. It is the second time this year an attacker has gained administrative access by obtaining a Twitter employee’s password, and follows a wave of worm attacks against the service a few weeks ago.

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