Windows Does Away With Password Changes

Windows Does Away With Password Changes

For many years now, Microsoft Windows has forced users to change passwords every 60-days. Granted this is a configurable option, but it has always defaulted to 60-days. It’s 2019 and Microsoft is changing they’re stance on this policy. The next Windows 10 Update will drop this requirement, making the default value “never expire.”

This seems like a big change, but it’s not without logic. According to Microsoft, the practice of changing passwords every 60-days has forced users to use simple passwords and increment a number at the end (e.g. P@ssword01, P@ssword02, etc). In reality, this makes passwords easier to crack and they feel users will choose a more complex password if they know they won’t have to change it anytime soon.

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