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RIM's BlackBerry 10 To Block Certain Passwords
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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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12/8/2012 | 1:13:54 PM
re: RIM's BlackBerry 10 To Block Certain Passwords
Why not link that list to an online dictionary of choice? If eeyore is no good then fryingpan should not be allowed. In that sense, give users the option to link to a (maintained) list of their choice or have no blacklist at all. In the end RIM cannot fix stupid.
PLOM
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PLOM,
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12/5/2012 | 10:48:01 PM
re: RIM's BlackBerry 10 To Block Certain Passwords
sorry for lousy typing skills...
PLOM
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PLOM,
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12/5/2012 | 10:46:58 PM
re: RIM's BlackBerry 10 To Block Certain Passwords
I agree with the idea in principal, and wonder why it is not in every device and OS - indeed why is it not just a link to the OS dictionary - no common words allowed ever!

And as for forcing password changes, I agree with the sentiment that is adds little to security. I'd prefer an approach where changing a password is suggested rather than mandated. The sugtgestion box might prompt people with useful questions such as; did you share your password recently? do you think anyone knows your password? do you have it written down anywhere? and so on - if yes, please change.

And considering the implications of the inclusion of the doictionary as a pw blacklist you can use the grammar and spell-checker lists as well. This way common (hackneed) phrases and miss-spelled words are also excluded.
Andrew Binstock
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Andrew Binstock,
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12/5/2012 | 10:25:10 PM
re: RIM's BlackBerry 10 To Block Certain Passwords
BB's idea is a good one. As we've seen from the posted passwords that have been computed from the LinkedIn hack and others, many people choose easily guessed passwords.

As OldUber notes below, however, the proposal of forcing password changes every 60 days is a security hole and I am quite certain BB or any other device maker will never implement such a proposal.
UberGoober
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12/5/2012 | 6:29:43 PM
re: RIM's BlackBerry 10 To Block Certain Passwords
If you force you users to change their passwords every 30-60 days you WILL have 'yellow sticky syndrome.' Period. End of Statement.

If you're lucky, your users will put the yellow sticky on the bezel of the monitor where its easy to detect, instead of the default location under the keyboard. Either way, IT gets to be the bad guy for getting people fired.

Have fun!


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