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Secret passwords are often used to control access to computers. When employees select their own password , they frequently choose such easily guessed password as their initials or birthdates. To improve security, employers should assign randomly generated passwords to employees rather than allowing employees to make up their own.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion drawn above?

(A) If passwords are generated randomly, it is theoretically possible that employees will be assigned passwords that they might have selected on their own.

(B) Randomly generated passwords are so difficult for employees to recall that they often record the passwords in places where the passwords could be easily seen by others.

(C) Computer systems protected by passwords are designed to ignore commands that are entered by employees or others who use invalid passwords.

(D) In general, the higher the level of security maintained at the computer system, the more difficult it is for unauthorized users to obtain access to the system.

(E) Control of physical access to computers by the use of locked doors and guards should be used in addition to passwords in order to maintain security.

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Secret passwords are often used to control access to computers. When employees select their own password , they frequently choose such easily guessed password as their initials or birthdates. To improve security, employers should assign randomly generated passwords to employees rather than allowing employees to make up their own.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion drawn above?

1)If passwords are generated randomly, it is theoretically possible that employees will be assigned passwords that they might have selected on their own.
2)Randomly generated passwords are so difficult for employees to recall that they Often record the passwords in places where the passwords could be easily seen by Others
3)Computer systems protected by passwords are designed to ignore commands That are entered by employees or others who use invalid passwords.
4) In general, the higher the level of security maintained at the computer system, the more difficult it is for unauthorized users to obtain access to the system.
5)Control of physical access to computers by the use of locked doors and guards should be used in addition to passwords in order to maintain security

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Clearly, B is the answer since it provides us the reason why "security will not be improved" by randomly generating passwords.

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Secret passwords are often used to control access to computers. When employees select their own password , they frequently choose such easily guessed password as their initials or birthdates. To improve security, employers should assign randomly generated passwords to employees rather than allowing employees to make up their own.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion drawn above?

1)If passwords are generated randomly, it is theoretically possible that employees will be assigned passwords that they might have selected on their own.
-- Hypothetical --what are the chances - not known

2)Randomly generated passwords are so difficult for employees to recall that they Often record the passwords in places where the passwords could be easily seen by Others
--- It will fail the purpose of the security. Correct answer

3)Computer systems protected by passwords are designed to ignore commands That are entered by employees or others who use invalid passwords.
-- Irrelevant to the argument
4) In general, the higher the level of security maintained at the computer system, the more difficult it is for unauthorized users to obtain access to the system.
--- Irrelevant
5)Control of physical access to computers by the use of locked doors and guards should be used in addition to passwords in order to maintain security
-- Irrelevant
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New post 24 Jun 2016, 05:47
just do a pre-thinking first after you have read the argument for 5-10 seconds and see how you can undermine before reading the answer choices.

i guess you will find it easily to nail it

At first pre-thinking might take more time ..but once you are well verse ur success rate will increase.

i don't find any choice other than B that weakens
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