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    Default Password policy is excessive

    I find the password policy requiring a change every 100 days to be excessive and an unnecessary annoyance. This is a discussion forum. There is nothing here worth hacking into. I have no problem with requiring a strong password, but enforcing frequent changes will not change the behavior or careless people and it will irritate careful people. I subscribe to dozens of discussion groups this is the only one that forces password changes. This is not even required on most financial websites -- at least none that I use and I use several.

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    I agree, though perhaps that policy makes sense for moderator accounts, it is excessive for user accounts. Anyone who can make their own decision to keep changing the password if they wish.

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    Totally agree with the topic starter. But I haven't yet experienced this issue since just recently signed up.

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    +1 .

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    I expected this interval to be at least a year.
    I was able to enter the same password for the new one, and did so.

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    Not only is the frequent changing awkward, but login was acting mighty buggy today. I was unable to log in at all until I emailed support and Stefan waved his magic wand

    First I used my latest password -- figuring that it was probably outdated already but would at least get me to a pasword-changing page. Instead, I was told that I had used the wrong ID or password, had used up all my login attempts (in ONE attempt!!!! 0.0 !!!!), and would be locked out for 15 minutes. Then I did a password reset, and got the same door slammed in my face with the new one.

    I hope this isn't happening too much, or poor Stefan will never sleep
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    You are not alone, matera. Similar thing happened to me with my current password the other day. Locked out after only one attempt, which in fact used the correct id+pw, as these are stored in my browser. Second attempt - after 15 minutes or so - was ok though.

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    Default Unnecessary password expiration policy

    I just logged in after more than a year away. Before I could do anything, I was forced to change my password. This is, in my opinion, an unnecessary inconvenience.

    I use a password manager, so my passwords are very complicated (such as "IeL(bhu+gxI!SN0-+grN") and I never use the same password in more than one account. This "protection" is completely unnecessary for me and, I suspect, most of your users.

    I participate in hundreds of discussion forums. This is the only one that has this requirement.

    I suggest that it be at least made optional.

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    Support!!!
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    No doubt Stefan has his reasons.

    https://irfanview-forum.de/showthread.php?t=8016

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