Posts tagged: password rules

The Zen of Security

If you’re looking for security wisdom, D. A. Norman has some.

The numerous incidents of defeating security measures prompts my cynical slogan: The more secure you make something, the less secure it becomes. Why? Because when security gets in the way, sensible, well-meaning, dedicated people develop hacks and workarounds that defeat the security. Hence the prevalence of doors propped open by bricks and wastebaskets, of passwords pasted on the fronts of monitors or hidden under the keyboard or in the drawer, of home keys hidden under the mat or above the doorframe or under fake rocks that can be purchased for this purpose.

He’s not particularly fond of complex password rules. Fortunately, he didn’t make fun of ours. Because he found Northwestern’s.

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