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Author's profile photo Klaus Schimmer

Passwords Are Like Underwear

My favorite SAP security awareness poster is our “passwords are like underwear” poster, which we reprinted with permission from the Office of Policy and Education, University of Michigan. Passwords are like underwear – don´t let them lying around, don´t share them with others, change them often, be mysterious, the longer the better… This together with the picture of a group of managers and one of them with the pants down… Very funny. Employees were discussing it in the canteen, and every week I got a call from a sales guy, telling me that his customer saw this poster and that he urgently needs one to send to his customer. That´s what I like most in good communications – a visual or a text which leads to discussions. People who love it and people who hate it. That creates the utmost effect – an intensive dialogue about security and refreshing the awareness to think about secure passwords. But have a look at the poster and judge yourself – have fun! Klaus

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      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby

      The version of this I heard was "Your password is like your toothbrush. Change it regularly and don't let anyone else use it." Same sentiment, but without the boxers... 🙂

      Author's profile photo Klaus Schimmer
      Klaus Schimmer
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      Hi Steve, I also know another variation with chewing gum 🙂 They are strongest when fresh, They should only be used by one person, When left laying around they will create a sticky mess!

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      I was going to make a comment, but probably I shouldn't 😛


      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      I was intrigued by the "underware" concept (is this some secret underground software?), but now I see you meant "underwear". Bummer... <grammar police = off> 🙂

      Totally disagree with "the longer the better" concept for the underwear. Although if you don't show it to anyone then it probably doesn't matter. Oh boy, this is just getting weirder by the second. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Sona Veziryan
      Sona Veziryan

      I like the parallel it draws, really creative..