Password Expert Reclaims His Advice On Strong Passwords

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Technology is vastly changing each and every year, so it’s no surprise that our security measures have changed alongside it. The protections we had set in place even just a decade ago have evolved far past their original states, proving that our mindsets regarding internet security have likely developed as well. This is not only true on a personal level, but on a professional one as well, as showcased from former National Institute of Standards and Technology manager Bill Burr in a recent statement.

Back in 2003, Burr, who is dubbed the father of the modern password, had authored an eight page document that offered various pieces of password advice to consumers. In this document, he encouraged what we recognize today as poor password management skills -- such as creating predictable passwords and changing credential information every 90 days.

“In the end, it was probably too complicated for a lot of folks to understand very well, and the truth is, it was barking up the wrong tree,” said Burr.

Today, we know that password management is much more complex. Hackers and identity thieves can easily access our credential information, leading them down a slippery slope toward obtaining all of our sensitive information. It is important now more than ever to ensure that we treat our passwords with 2017 knowledge in mind -- not a 2003 attitude.

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