Password Hygiene


Good Password Hygiene is something that us humans dread and admins reluctantly enforce. Password hygiene is composed of enforcing password complexity (complicated passwords) and forcing users to change their passwords periodically (say once every six weeks) and preventing usage of any of the previous passwords. Password complexity is often a minimum of 8 characters and a medley of upper case and lower case characters with numbers and symbols thrown into the password mix. While better than simple passwords, they offer little respite to us in terms of security as they are still static for the duration of time that admins allow. In terms of usability, it is a nightmare with a subpar increase of security compared to simple passwords.