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Comment Re:Password Changing (Score 2, Insightful) 103


5) Someone gets a copy of your password file (or SAM or wherever your hashed passwords are kept). If you change your passwords occasionally then they only have a limited time to run brute force methods against the file. Once you change your passwords you are safe again. Don't change your passwords and eventually they will own your entire organization. You won't even know it happened until it's too late. It's a less likely scenario these days but it is still a valid attack vector. Once that file gets out ONLY changing your passwords will help.

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