In today’s world of computers almost everyone has a set of passwords they need to remember. Bank account, email, utilities, etc. It can be a real pain. And they really do need to be different passwords because losing a password for one could open up all the rest. Bad bad bad. Writing them down can be almost as bad. Someone gets their hands on the paper, bad news.

Now, welcome to my world. I work at a government facility as a systems analyst. Thou shall NOT write down passwords. All passwords must be changed every 60 days and need to meet minimum complexity requirements. The following is unacceptable due to it being to simple. Seriously. F!ddl3Pl@y3r. I’ll let you wonder why it’s considered too simple.

Now for the fun. Change every 60 days. All major systems have different passwords, Each network appliance, each cluster, each storage device, blah blah blah. Oh, and thou shall NOT write them down! Oh, and let’s not forget the 3 tries and you’re locked out rules.

There has got to be an easier way to do this.

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