Monday, January 15, 2007
1234567, Social Security:
You've probably noticed that I care about computer security, so you'll unerstand why I'm annoyed at the federal Social Security Administration. I have a computer account with them, and they've been so kind as to allow me to protect it with a seven digit password. Seven digits is ridiculously easy to crack. Today, sixteen characters including upper and lower case, and punctuation, is considered reasonably secure. Seven digits is not even as long as the genuine social security number I'm trying to protect! What's the matter with socsec?