Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:28 UTC
Bugs & Viruses If you want to ensure you have adequate passwords but don't have the time or interest to study the topic, there's a useful basic article on how to devise strong passwords over at the NY Times. It summarizes key points in 9 simple rules of thumb. Also see the follow-up article for useful reader feedback. Stay safe!
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Password nightmares at work
by WorknMan on Sat 10th Nov 2012 22:11 UTC
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Where I work, there's about 5 different passwords we have to remember, and they make us change them all at least once every couple of months. Not only that, but you can't have a password that's similar to a previous one, and you can't use a password that you've used in the last 10 rotations. They seem determined to make people memorize a new, random string of letters and numbers every rotation, along with at least one uppercase character, one letter from the Chinese alphabet, and I think the symbol for Boron as well.

There's only one problem though... virtually NOBODY is going to do that!! I would imagine most people probably either keep their passwords written down in a drawer (yeah, real secure ;) ) or else use keyboard macros like I do. I understand the need for strong passwords, but some companies get WAAAAAAAAY too overzealous with the practice.

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