Microsoft last week recommended that organizations no longer force employees to come up with new passwords every 60 days.

The company called the practice – once a cornerstone of enterprise identity management – "ancient and obsolete" as it told IT administrators that other approaches are much more effective in keeping users safe.

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"Periodic password expiration is an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value, and we don't believe it's worthwhile for our baseline to enforce any specific value," Aaron Margosis, a principal consultant for Microsoft, wrote in a post to a company blog.

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