(In)secure passwords – Part 1: Paradigm shift in password policies

by Sandro Affentranger

This is the first instalment in a two-part series about passwords. Passwords have become indispensable these days. For a long time the recommendation was to make passwords as complex as possible – but lately this has changed: “Long instead of complex” is the new motto. This article introduces the topic and explains why passwords play such an important role. It discusses the risks associated with having passwords fall into the wrong hands, and identifies possible measures to assess and mitigate these risks. [read the German article]