Current password standards creator regrets everything

Man who wrote password'bible admits My advice was completely wrong

Today, 14 years after it was published, the man who created the rules for a secure password admitted he was completely mistaken. Now, Burr, 72 and retired, has a confession and an apology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bill Burr, the author of the "NIST Special Publication 800-63". The text recommended using uppercase and lowercase letters, non-alphabetic symbols, and numbers in passwords to make them more hard to crack. The problem is that humans suck at remembering passwords filled with random numbers and symbols, so they typically create simpler passwords that are easier to guess.

In June, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued an updated version of its Digital Identity Guidelines, which include current password practices used industry wide.

The new guidelines will drop not only the password expiration advice, but also a requirement for using special characters, Grassi noted, while adding they "actually had a negative impact on usability". "In the end, [the list of guidelines] was probably too complicated for a lot of folks to understand very well, and the truth is, it was barking up the wrong tree".

Grassi praised the longevity of Burr's guidelines despite their replacement, saying, "I only hope to be able to have a document hold up [10 to 15 years]", the WSJ reported.

Additionally, it is also now recommended that users only be required to change their password if a breach has been suspected or confirmed.

And there is little doubt that getting people to secure their accounts with unique and private logins is a good move, but long and complicated passwords often does not help matters.

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As explained in the XKCD comic below, a password like "Tr0ub4dor&3", which adheres to Burr's original guidelines, would take just three days to crack and is hard to remember.

Gerhard also suggests that people use password management software such as those on Apple and Google phones.

It is responsible for tortuous phrases such as "P@55w0rd" or "Football123" to satisfy password forms, as well as workers having to create a new phrase every 90 days.

"It turns out neither using a combination of symbols, numbers and letters nor changing passwords periodically can keep your accounts safe from cyber threats". According to the WSJ, this calculation checks out with security experts.

If hackers want to steal your passwords, they have more sophisticated methods than just guessing. Coming from a computer security expert who previously advised thousands of people on how to write computer passwords, this means only one thing: "hackers are constantly innovating and so should we".

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