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Password Fail: Are Your Workers Using 123456?
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1/23/2015 | 12:08:33 PM
Password standards

The password issue is huge and only getting worse because there are few uniform standards. Every website is different and it forces users to try to come up with a methodology for remembering all these unique site based requirements. If there was a uniform standard that was adopted it would make the password issue less impactful. In the last week alone I ran into a website that required 4 digit numbers only, one that required an 8 character password with at least one number and one upper case character, one that required a picture tag and a six digit password, and one that required your new password not be the same as your previous four passwords. Is anyone else screaming in terror yet?

Joe Stanganelli
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1/25/2015 | 7:26:58 PM
Re: memory classes anyone
Re: "Cats are not hats"


I beg to differ.  www1.pictures.stylebistro.com/mp/x5iDv6ulAM2l.jpg

 

 
Joe Stanganelli
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1/25/2015 | 7:29:30 PM
Human passwords
Even better human-made passwords are still easily hackable because humans tend to pick predictably patterned passwords.  Some of the best passwords tend to be lengthy and computer generated.  Of course, they're also difficult to remember -- which is why several top security experts these days actually advocate for (not against!) writing down your password...so as to better enable more complex passwords.

Of course, don't write your password on a Post-It that's stuck to your computer monitor...
Kelly22
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1/26/2015 | 4:44:44 PM
Re: Password standards
I feel the same exact way. Every time I sign up for something now, my password has to have special characters, numbers, upper and lowercase letters, a picture... it doesn't end! I get that it's for security purposes, but I end up clicking "forgot password" a lot more than I used to.
Joe Stanganelli
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1/26/2015 | 9:28:07 PM
Re: Password standards
I can't even remember the last time I remembered one of my particular passwords -- let alone what the password itself is (or, for that matter, ever was).  Now I just don't do anything on that website anymore because I got tired of resetting my password and promptly forgetting the new one.
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1/26/2015 | 9:29:13 PM
Re: Password standards

I agree forgot has become my standard since so many of the password standards are maddening one particular company has actually driven me to my phone to pay my bill because it is so maddening!

Joe Stanganelli
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1/26/2015 | 9:29:03 PM
Re: memory classes anyone
@vnewman2: It's been made into a book, too!


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