Rethinking Password Policies
Date: August 2013
Publication: USENIX ;login:, Volume 38, Number 4
Page(s): 14 - 18
Source 1: https://www.usenix.org/sites/default/files/rethinking_password_policies_unabridged.pdf
Source 2: https://www.usenix.org/sites/default/files/rethinking_password_policies_revised_8-2-13.pdf
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 thereís little to no research to support that argument. In fact, they can even weaken security. We argue that itís time for a radical change of password policy.
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