On 23/04/2008, at 4:14 AM, David Gibbs wrote:
Of course, one thing that all security administrators need to keep in
mind is the usability of the password restriction scheme that they choose.

Overly complex password restrictions lead to forgotten passwords,
passwords on post-it notes, automatically stored passwords, etc.

The more complex security you put in place, the less security you end up

True, but you can teach users how to compensate and still satisfy many requirements. For example, teach them to replace O by 0, I by 1, E by 3, etc. Thus you can remove vowels (harder to guess passwords) and require at least one digit (harder to guess passwords).

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