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Frequent password changes are the enemy of security, FTC technologist says – via Kristian Köhntopp – Google+

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/03

Frequent password changes are the enemy of security, FTC technologist says

Source: Kristian Köhntopp – Google+

Since the 1980s I’ve been advocating the above opinion and I’m glad some people now agree with me.

If you ever hire or employ me and force such a regular password change policy upon me without allowing me to use a password manager that can communicate securely with the cloud (which means you don’t play TLS man-in-the-middle) then I will either:

  • create a password-change script that invalidates the password history you keep and re-use my really secure password of choice.
  • if that fails: add an incrementing value to a reasonably secure base password.

–jeroen

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