It is our strong belief that something as delicate as password protection shouldn’t lie primarily in the hands of us mere mortals. That got us thinking. Why can’t a team leader or a designated team member keep tabs on their company’s account passwords?
And then we realised something. Humans make a lot of mistakes. For example, that time you actually stood in line for the Amazon Fire phone or the bad haircuts of your youth. Considering all the reasons that support the “humans are not infallible” notion, we believe it would be problematic to rely on a human to keep up with your team’s password management. Let’s explore why:
Because the human memory was not designed to memorize passwords that look like this X4LtU!887waG94¿67
Obviously the most secure passwords fuse together a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and punctuation. It’s what make them so hard to hack into. However, it also makes it a lot harder to remember. Try thinking back to your breakfast three days ago and you’ll see what we mean.
Because the human memory was designed to memorize Password1234
Take the previous reasoning, and flip it upside down. We know an easy password that not only you, but your whole team, can remember seems ideal. You know who else it’s ideal for? Hackers, that’s who!
Because you and your colleagues already have jobs!
It can be a full time gig playing air traffic controller for every account and every employee. How much productivity would occur if you’re constantly reminding the team what the passwords to your accounts are.
Because humans get annoyed
Intraoffice tensions are never a good thing. If Bill always forgets the passwords, and Meg always has to help him out, chances are Meg is going to get a little frustrated. Having a system in place for password managing insures that everyone is on the same page when it comes to access to your accounts.
At the end of the day, we all want the security that comes with a password manager. Leave the humans to do what they do best: innovate, create, and do all round cool stuff.
By Brian Sierakowski, Founder and CEO of TeamPassword