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Hello all,

Over the next few days we will be implementing some changes to our forum password strength and password expiration policies. To make sure you continue having the best experience possible on the community, we regularly monitor the site and the Internet to keep everyone's account information safe. We've recently become aware of a potential risk to some accounts coming from outside of this community. Just to be safe, we are implementing the following changes to improve security even further:

1) We are asking everyone to change their passwords (and will force a one time reset). Along with every user on the forum, new passwords will need to be more complex, and can't be simple words (sorry, you can't have "fluffy" as your password anymore!). Please use a password unique to this community. Reusing passwords can expose your account indirectly when other websites (Twitter, Linkedin, Badoo, etc) are compromised; and

2) Your passwords will expire on a 365 day basis. When you login on the 366th day, you will have to change it.

We'll also be sending out an email to users to let them know about the changes, in upcoming weeks.

Thanks all,

Helena

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Sounds like a pain in the arse.*
I have some friends in other industries who have to change their own passwords every 30 days. now THAT is a pain in the arse. Once a year aint so bad.

So many times I've heard about how expiring passwords are pointless.
Some people make that argument, however, it forces members to use more complex passwords and not some of the easier ones like "password" which are easily guessed. Having them on rotate also keeps them fresh.

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- JB
 

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L f'n oL. Well done dna.
Now instead of losing your junk forum password, they can lose a real password. Security for all.
nah, all my passwds are randomized: easy to forget, but easy to reset

#!/bin/bash
MATRIX="0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"
LENGTH="16"

while [ "${n:=1}" -le "$LENGTH" ]
do
let n+=1
done
 

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For what friggin reason???? I've had the same password and handle on all the forums I go on and I don't want to change that. You have absolutely no reason to do this than you want to so leave it alone!!

Apply this and you've lost me as a user!!
 

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meh not that hard to add a number or two to the end of your current password, stop crying about your first world problems people!
 

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For what friggin reason???? I've had the same password and handle on all the forums I go on and I don't want to change that.
Shirley, you can't be serious.. that would be just asking to be owned. Good luck


Apply this and you've lost me as a user!!
...because then you'd have no idea how to log back in? :p
 

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Yep I'm sick of administrators wasting my time, this isn't a banking site or a work site its a fucking forum and I don't need some twat telling me to change my password I've had on the site for 8-9 years!!
 

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But; think of the marketing coup PhilipB can show his/her superiors and customers: membership will drop 50%! What a great pitch! ;)

The law of unintended consequences.
 

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Some people make that argument, however, it forces members to use more complex passwords and not some of the easier ones like "password" which are easily guessed. Having them on rotate also keeps them fresh.
Yes now they can use password1. Then password2. Then password3.

Forcing members to use more complex passwords is what forces members to use more complex passwords, making us change it every year does not. *
 

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BCSB is not important enough for me to remember the password for; sites like this I just save them all to my browser. If anyone steals my laptop, ensuring the data integrity of this forum will be very low on my list.
 
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