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It says in the article that the password was obvious and easy to guess so I doubt this is the reason.



What if your netadmin makes you change it every three weeks?

Edit: Whoever downvoted me obviously undermines how quickly 'password lag' builds up if you're made to change your passwords often and forced to not use the last 3 or 5 passwords again.


Particularly for sites you only log into every few months. One time passwords, with a 6 week lag between use require a password manager. Memory will not cut it.

And if you are nontechnical that means paper. I consulted a decade ago with a team that had ~5 systems like this. The office was awash in sticky notes. Sometimes security policies are a menace to actual security.




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