Burr recommended adding numbers, capital letters, exclamation marks and other special characters to passwords, advice that was adopted by organizations, companies, government agencies and educational institutions across North America.
It advised using capital letters, numbers and non-alphabetic symbols in passwords, in the belief that they would be more hard to uncover.
To be clear, the 8-page password advice he created while working in middle management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is one of the leading reasons many current passwords can be such a pain to remember.
"Much of what I did I now regret", said Mr. Burr, 72 years old, who is now retired.
However, the rules, which include urging IT departments to encourage users to recreate passwords every 90 days, rather than securing systems have made them more vulnerable because users either end up using the same passwords repeatedly or write them on post-it notes affixed to their monitors.
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Password decryption easiness is a significant factor in cyber security schemes nowadays, many of which don't even have to resort to software to make the right guesses. Complex passwords are hard to remember, they add, while users end up using the same one repeatedly on different websites, or writing them down on Post-it notes.
Burr's original guidelines were published almost 15 years ago, when he worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Now the National Institute of Standards and Technology has set more modern guidelines which says passwords should be long and easy to remember and should only be changed if you think they have been compromised. Originally published back in 2003, this document laid down guidelines for creating secure passwords and implementing password policy at corporations. The NIST's revised tips say users should pick a string of simple English words - and only be forced to change them if there's been evidence of a security break-in.
"We ended up starting from scratch", Grassi said.
Over time, however, that strategy has been shown to be fairly ineffective, especially when compared to passwords that are just words strung together.