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Microsoft decides expiring passwords are no longer useful for Windows 10

April 25, 2019

Microsoft apparently now believes that having passwords expire – in other words, a system whereby the user is forced to change their login password every, say, six months – is not a useful security measure.

In a new draft piece of security guidance, Microsoft has changed its baseline rules for the next version of Windows 10 (the imminent May 2019 Update – as well as Windows Server) to drop recommendations for “password-expiration policies that require periodic password changes”.

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