Burr told the Journal that most people make the same, predictable changes - such as switching from a 1 to a 2 - which makes it easy for hackers to guess.
If the man who invented those pesky password rules himself says that he might have made a mistake, then you should think twice about all those password management that you've gotten used to following. NIST now recommends using long passphrases instead of complicated alphanumeric passwords, and only refreshing them if they've been breached. He advised people to use capital and small letters combined with numbers and symbols to make passwords more hard to hack.
"I'm sure that in your experience you've found that changing them often is a real problem", says David Gerhard, a professor of computer science at the University of Regina.
Long, easy-to-remember phrases now get the nod over insane characters, and users should be forced to change passwords only if there is a sign they may have been stolen, says NIST, the federal agency that helps set industrial standards in the U.S. Ironically, Burr's password security guidance actually ended up making passwords less secure. They're easier to remember, and if he forgets, he can look them up.
Everyone knows that creating complex, alphanumeric passwords, let alone remembering them, is pretty much the worst.
Burr also criticised his own advice of urging people to regularly change passwords since most people instinctively end up altering one character, again useless in the event of a brute force attack.
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. For example, with current technology, experts have suggested something as simple as "correct horse battery staple", written together as a single word, could take up to 550 years to be cracked. People often change just one character of their password if the platform allows it, completely defeating the objective of the requirement in the first place.
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