How many of you have been through this?
“Why does my password expire so often?”
“I can’t change my password, why does it expire?”
“Why can’t I use ‘abc123′ as my password?”
“I can’t log in; did you change my password?”
“I changed my password, but it doesn’t work.”
“I used ‘fido1′ and it doesn’t work.”
I find myself in the midst of a major IT initiative and the powers that be are asking my what I recommend. I keep pointing them to my posts about the new password paradigm and others I have written over the years, but they keep asking me what I think.
Here’s what I think: Choose a memorable word or phrase, add a couple of characters to the front and back – also things you will remember – and leave it at that. Mix it up a bit. The hackers don’t know what you’re doing. My dog’s name is Missy. She was born in 2007. My password is “Missy07*(”
It’s not rocket science, people. Jeesh!
The key is the last two characters which is my personal password enhancement pattern.