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
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

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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RE: Password nightmares at work
by benali72 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 23:44 in reply to "Password nightmares at work"
benali72 Member since:
2008-05-03

I hear you! I have the exact same problem. It's particularly bad because I'm a support person, so I'm always switching computers. It's really a big productivity loss to constantly have password changes and hassles.

One place I worked at put all the hundreds of passwords into a spreadsheet. Of course, since it was shared by the 10 people on the team, someone would always corrupt the spreadsheet file. What a mess!

Worst of all was when I'd be on call, get the call at 2 am, and find that some dope had updated the password on some server and forgot to update the password spreadsheet. So here you are beeped at 2 am to solve some problem, only to find yourself unable to log in. Yuck!

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