Don’t want to get hacked? Stop changing your passwords.

How many times are you required to change your passwords on your work computers?

Chances are it’s often, and it can make it hard to keep track of your latest secret code. Well, it turns out that new research shows changing passwords more often isn’t making your organization’s computer systems more secure.

“The reason is that it’s difficult to come up with a good password – it’s difficult to remember one, especially randomized passwords,” said tech consultant Craig Peterson. “So, if you’re forced to change it every 30 days, 90 days, people tend to write them down, stick it on their screen, or maybe they’ve put it into their phone in an unsecure application that is then hacked later on. Or maybe it’s just a simpler password so they can remember it.”