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#1 dannyboy950

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 08:10 PM

All security forums and other IT people preach about using complex passwords and not easily guessed user names.

 

Yet I have been noticeing many company web sites are complaining my passwords are too long and complex.

I have even had a few that limited it to 4 numbers.  My grand daughter has a password cracker that can break a 4 digit password in less than an hour. She is only 10 and not a hacker in anyway. LOL


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Posted 15 October 2015 - 05:16 AM

All security forums and other IT people preach about using complex passwords and not easily guessed user names.


Yes and there is a reason for that...it has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.

2013 was a wildly visible year for cyber security and online privacy...And yet for all the visibility, punditry, and drama, new data suggests that internet users are still terrible at choosing a good password...

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 11:07 AM

How is it the users fault that the company they have to do business with, will not allow them to use a strong complex password.

For example the local and only electric utility company will not allow greater than a 6 digit code alpha numeric only and no mix of upper and lower case letters and no symbols. Other than online paying I have to travel 5 miles to pay my bill.  They charge $2 extra for a check and $1 extra if you pay cash.  What is with that I have often wondered?

 

Or are you including the company itself as a user?


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Posted 15 October 2015 - 02:32 PM

Typically it is the user who chooses to use a weak password so that is one reason why they are categorized as the weakest link. In your scenario, the company appears to be a contributing factor by not permitting them to not use a strong/secure password.
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