I'd like to know pros and cons.. reasons for and against the idea of sys admin’s maintaining user account lists with passwords.. and additionally not allowing those users to change their passwords.
I understand that systems like Windows seem to encourage the idea that users should maintain their own password security and be allowed to change their password at will. I can appreciate the need for privacy and users having alibis to protect themselves in the event that a colleagues word disagrees with the system's logs. But at the same time i can also see how some people might justify having user’s passwords on file in the event that access is required to some of the materials that users may want to keep private.
I'd really love to be educated on this idea.