How many times have you cursed the screen when setting a password and the dreaded “complexity” alerts popup?

Or alternatively, been forced to dream up a password that only a memory champion can remember?

Thankfully those days are behind us due to recent recommendations from over the pond.

Research by NIST focusing on user behaviour when forced to change passwords has resulted in length over complexity being the new champion and well as host of other surprising recommendations.

Yes a crazy 8 character password such as lP1@6^bH is tough to crack but a more memorable one which is longer and by definition more memorable is actually more secure.

Want to know more? a quick search on the Internet for “NIST Password Guidelines” will reveal all.

As a final note, you can’t beat Second Factor Authentication (2FA) for securing your logins. If in doubt enable 2FA.