Microsoft stops asking you to change your Windows 10 password every 60 days

Microsoft has finally removed its 60-day password expiration policy from its Windows 10 security baseline, stating that there are better ways to keep users safe. This means that organizations that use Windows 10 will not have to force their users to change passwords frequently.

In its blog post detailing the construction of Windows 10, the company said that the expiration of is just a defense against the likelihood that a password (or a hash) could be stolen during its Validity interval:

Recent scientific research questions the value of many long-standing security and password practices, such as password expiration policies, and instead, points to better alternatives, such as enforcing lists of Forbidden password (a great example is Azure AD password protection ) and multi-factor authentication. While we recommend these alternatives, they can not be expressed or enforced with our recommended security configuration baselines, which are based on the integrated configuration of the Windows Group Policy and can not include client-specific values.

Microsoft said that if an organization implements security practices such as banned password lists, multifactor authentication, password guessing attacks detection, and detection of failed logon attempts, it does not need expiration policies.

In a safety guide published in March, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) also suggested eliminating frequent password changes. Instead, he recommended banning passwords and commonly used patterns.

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