Security Researchers Want to Force People to Use Different Passwords for Every Website (TechRepublic)


Reusing passwords across multiple websites is now a common behavior for most people inundated with dozens of accounts to their favorite online properties. But the practice is fueling security breaches by giving hackers access to multiple accounts from a single set of credentials.

Two professors from the Computer Science department at the University of North Carolina believe they have a way to force users to use different passwords for each websites and keep everyone a little safer. In their study, professors Ke Coby Wang and Michael Reiter propose major websites coordinate with one another and “make it difficult for users to set similar passwords at these websites, in an effort to break the culture of password reuse on the web today.”