NIST's new password rules, what you need to know

NIST's new password rules, what you need to know

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The United States National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is formulating new guidelines for password policies to be used in the whole of the US government (the public sector).

They have found that many password requirements actually introduce issues which they are supposed to protect against. So what should be done? Make password policies user friendly, a minimum of 8 characters long, allow longer passwords (no more "Sorry, your password can't be longer than 16 characters"), no composition rules (pA55w+rd), no password hints (rhymes with assword) and best of all, no more expiration date without a reason.

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