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# Advice from a computer security expert

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12 May 2013, 05:44
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Advice from a computer security expert, on passwords used for accessing online accounts:

Computer users should use a different password for each online account. They should also use strong passwords, which are hard for hackers to decipher. However, strong passwords are difficult to remember, and this is especially the case for users who have multiple online accounts.

Fortunately, software is available for little or no cost that can store and encrypt a user's passwords: the user need only remember one password to access the rest. For users willing to take the time to install the software on a computer and enter all the required data, such software provides one way to comply with security expert's advice. Some versions of the software can even be copied to a portable device, such as a USB drive, whereby a user can access passwords from any compatible computer.

For a computer user with multiple accounts who would not otherwise use a different strong password on every account, the expert's advice amounts to suggesting that users make certain sacrifices in order to make certain gains. Indicate by appropriate selections in the first and second column which of the items in the third column would describe a sacrifice for this user and which would be a gain. Make only two selections, one in each column.

Sacrifice - Gain
[ ] [ ] Money
[ ] [ ] Computing Speed
[ ] [ ] Security
[ ] [ ] Number of Online Accounts
[ ] [ ] Time

Spoiler: :: OA
Sacrifice Time, Gain Secuirty

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12 May 2013, 06:37
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Thanks for the post Genopath!

As the OA mentions, the answers would be 'Sacrifice of Time' and a 'Gain of Security'. An argument can be made for the Sacrifice of Money as well, but the second paragraph gives more emphasis on the time factor than the cost of the software, and as mentioned the software can be procured for little or no cost at all.

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29 Nov 2016, 04:24
Hi experts,
anyone can explain why "Time" sacrifice , there is nothing related with "time" in the prompt, it confused me a lot
I picked up "number of online accounts", while, there mentions "multiply online accounts" in the prompt.
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zoezhuyan wrote:
Hi experts,
anyone can explain why "Time" sacrifice , there is nothing related with "time" in the prompt, it confused me a lot
I picked up "number of online accounts", while, there mentions "multiply online accounts" in the prompt.

For users willing to take the time to install the software on a computer and enter all the required data
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09 Feb 2017, 03:28
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11 Dec 2017, 07:52
Hi experts,
I got confused with the fundamental part of the question. When the question reads "For a computer user with multiple accounts who would not otherwise use a different strong password on every account, the expert's advice amounts to suggesting that users make certain sacrifices in order to make certain gains.", I interpreted it the part "for a user with multiple accounts who would not use a different strong password" as "a user who wouldn't actually install a software but continue to have several accounts with the same difficult password". I have difficulty in breaking down this part and eventually selected the exact opposite of the correct answer i.e security as sacrifice and time as gain. Kindly help me.
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Hi experts,
I got confused with the fundamental part of the question. When the question reads "For a computer user with multiple accounts who would not otherwise use a different strong password on every account, the expert's advice amounts to suggesting that users make certain sacrifices in order to make certain gains.", I interpreted it the part "for a user with multiple accounts who would not use a different strong password" as "a user who wouldn't actually install a software but continue to have several accounts with the same difficult password". I have difficulty in breaking down this part and eventually selected the exact opposite of the correct answer i.e security as sacrifice and time as gain. Kindly help me.

Hi SubashRajesh,

Not 100% about your confusion point. I'll give it a quick try anyways.

"For a computer user with multiple accounts who would not otherwise use a different strong password on every account, the expert's advice amounts to suggesting that users make certain sacrifices in order to make certain gains."

In this case, we are talking about a computer user who has multiple accounts, and for all we know these accounts could all have the same password, strong or weak, or all have different but weak passwords, or a mix of all this. For this type of user, we are asked to identify what would be gained and what would need to be sacrificed to follow the expert's recommendation.

As per paragraph 1, the expert's advice is to have a different AND strong password for every single account. The expert then makes a suggestion on how to achieve this without having to remember multiple difficult passwords, which most users can't do.

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