I came across an interesting article/rant this morning. At first I thought it was the usual “I hate the password policy”, but the post brought up an interesting point.
Here’s the problem as Billy puts it:
“… you are unable to use the same complexity for your passwords to various sites. Hence the reason why sites always have the “I forgot my password…” option prominently available on their log in page. It’s because people, myself included, can’t remember all of these damn usernames and passwords.”
And here’s his solution:
“I recommend that there be a strict, yet reasonable, username and password standard that all sites support and recommend.”
Hm, that’s a pretty good idea: a standardized password policy.
Yes, we all know using a password manager (like Passpack – shameless plug!) will take the burden off remembering all those passwords. But abiding by an openly defined standard would certainly help raise the security bar on many sites which now have lackadaisical password rules.
Just something to think about while you await the new Beta 4 release of Passpack – 2 days left! The Beta 4 release is online. Sign up for Passpack here.