Doesn't it seem these days that passwords are getting less secure? When an effort is made to make them more secure... by forcing us to have longer, more complicated, harder to guess and harder to remember passwords, and changing them frequently--doesn't that ultimately make them less secure?
Here's why I think so. At work I have a personal password to get onto the network, and then I have to use another password to get onto the payroll system. One needs to be changed every two months, the other the same amount of time but it's on a different schedule--and I can't use the same password for both of them.
So every two months I have to change my password, it has to be a certain length, have at least one capital and one lowercase letter, and also a number or special character.
This is getting difficult to remember! Every couple of months I have to change my password to something obscure... and then I come in the next day or after a weekend or something and have to remember it! And I can't! So I've had to start writing down cues on little sheets of paper by my desk so I can remember them. I don't think I'm alone in this... but I think that being unable to remember these passwords is really counterproductive in the effort to make them more secure.
Plus I'm tired of continually changing it.