by Mark McCullough | Technical Consultant at Taos By now, everyone has encountered the traditional password policy popularized by the Dilbert™ comic (http://dilbert.com/strip/1998-04-06). Your password must be long; include lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, and symbols; not be the same as your last 24 passwords; unique on each system; and changed monthly. This […]
Breaker breaker, are you required to have a “special” character in your password? Thank the UNIX password system of the 1970s, also the time of the CB radio craze in the BC (Before Cellphones) epoch.
The Web as we know it today started primarily on UNIX computers, and in the earliest days, web site accounts often were actual UNIX accounts. Shortcomings of the original UNIX password system included: