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Attention - Password and Security Update

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,

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Hopefully not stepping on any toes here, but I'd like to add one thing to the above.

"Password strength" has forever been synonymous with "password complexity" - As one who spends his life in and around computers; this is not the case.

While a complex password is better than a simple dictionary word, this is not the key to password strength. Password Length is far more important.

I won't reinvent the wheel: rather, I'll let someone far more intelligent than myself explain:


TL;DR - Long passwords that are easier to remember are better than short ones that aren't.
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Please use a password unique to this community. Reusing passwords can expose your account indirectly when other websites (Twitter, Linkedin, Badoo, etc) are compromised
It's crazy to try to remember a unique password for every site/login. Reusing passwords on different sites is ... crazier. You're crazy if you re-use passwords, or pretend that you're secure with a "strong" password for your bank, and a "normal" password for everything else.

Instead, use unique passwords and a password manager like 1Password, LastPass, etc. I personally love 1P. It's awesome. But please, use something. It's the only way to not be crazy.

Also, props to @Byakuya for the extremely relevant xkcd reference.
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