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Aaron N. Tubbs

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I hate VMS, because it does not allow me (at least in the VMS I use) to use cryptographically secure passwords. Worse yet, it does not require I use cryptographically secure passwords.

But, VMS does one thing right. It requires me to change my password when my password expires, and leaves me the fuck alone the rest of the time. When I login, I get a plaintext output that my password will expire on X – that’s fine, but nothing nags me.

Windows likes to bug you with a popup dialog box every time you login for the last 7-15 days of your password, reminding you that in a week or more your password is going to expire, and do you want to change it now? What the fuck kind of setup is that, anyway? Lotus notes does the same thing. Ok, fine, so corporate policy, Sarbanes-Oxley, audit best practices, and Mother Theresa dictate I have to change my password every X days. Let’s ignore for a moment that this is a stupid uneducated, and pointless policy. Do not start nagging me to change my password before my time is up, or you have just effectively increased the password change frequency!