Forget Those Random Characters in your Password, Says Expert Who Suggested Them

September 15, 2017
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article by Hector A. author
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Bill Burr, the cybersecurity expert responsible for creating the widely accepted “best practices” of password creation, now openly admits that he was wrong. In his own words, there are safer and less difficult ways to ensure passwords remain secure from hackers.

Per recent studies, passwords that include the standard combination of capital and lower-case letters, numbers, and obscure characters are less safe than those credentials that feature chains of words and longer lengths. In fact, even the recommendation of changing passwords every 90 days may be ineffective, as many times the modifications are only minor and easily hackable.

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Now, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has remade its section on password generation from scratch, and the online world is slowly catching on. New password generators and management software are likely to incorporate these new best practices as the online community begins to use them more frequently. More so, people should start changing their passwords to safer standards to better protect themselves.