The US government gave bad unresearched password and gave bad diet advice.
A former National Institute of Standards and Technology manager Bill Burr admitted that a document he authored on crafting strong passwords was misguided. “Much of what I did I now repent,” says Burr, who’s 72 years old and now retired.
His advice steered everyday computer users toward idle mistakes and easy-to-predict practices. Burr’s eight-page password document, titled “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A,” advised individuals to use irregular capitalization, special characters, and at least one numeral.
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