The man who came up with standards for creating secure passwords now says he is very sorry. That's because Bill Burr now says the guidelines he created don't work very well.
Burr, a former manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, drafted an eight-page guide back in 2003. The guidelines included creating short passwords with characters, capital letters, and numbers.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Burr said: “In the end, [the list of guidelines] was probably too complicated for a lot of folks to understand very well, and the truth is, it was barking up the wrong tree.”
During the interview, Burr also admitted that he didn't know much about how passwords worked when he created the memo.