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Hate silly password rules? So does the guy who created them

The man who drew up widely-used password rules that are now regarded as wrong regrets ever having created them. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re forced to pick hard-to-remember passwords with a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and a symbol — and then asked to change them every month — it’s probably because a developer somewhere followed guidance from a 2003 document by the US National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST).

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