Apr 19th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Resetting your password isn't going to make you any safer from identity thieves.
According to a study by Microsoft researcher Cormac Herley
, constantly changing your password isn't worth the effort. Herley says that the chances that a cyber-thief who has gotten a hold of your sign-in sequences waits to use the information until after
you are prompted to change your password
is about as likely as a common thief stealing your house keys and not using them until after you happen to change your locks.
Using a cost-benefit analysis based on the average worker's productivity, Herley further suggests that the time wasted dealing with most other security features websites push on their patrons -- besides passwords -- also isn't worth it for Internet users.
We've found, however, that having to stay on top of an ever-shifting password landscape has prevented us from engaging in drunken Web activity we'd surely later regret.