Rethinking Password Policies
Abe Singer and Warren Anderson
We are all familiar with having “rules” for passwords: they must have characters from various character sets, have a minimum length, get changed regularly, not be written down, etc. These rules are supposed to make passwords “secure,” but there’s little to no research to support that argument. In fact, they can even weaken security. We argue that it’s time for a radical change of password policy.