October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which means it’s time to talk about passwords for the umpteenth time. Why beat this dead horse again? Because just about everyone still uses passwords, and even the most recent password security recommendations do not make them any stronger.
This year, the recommendation was eight characters — but how many people actually think an eight-character password is sufficiently secure? The majority most likely only use one because they have been told that a password with eight characters is stronger than one with six.