The Wall Street Journal reported that the standard rules for password creation, intended to protect sensitive data, are far less effective than previously thought.
Changing passwords regularly usually results in minor changes - an added "2" or "!" - and don't do enough to deter hackers.
Generally, the multi-character/number/symbol approach is overrated, said the Bill Burr, the very man who established the guidelines.
The good news is that new password creation guidelines, created by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, are actually quite simple to follow.
Experts recommends using "phrase passwords," or long and easy to remember word combinations comprising four or more words.
Think unique though - "Iloveyousomuch" is not nearly as secure as "thecarrotshinesbright."
Over the years there has been no shortage of humor derived from the ups and downs of password creation. One of the most widely-celebrated pieces was this one by cartoonist Randall Munroe.