2015-04-23

Yet Another Annoying Password Requirements List

Yesterday I tried creating an account on a hosting provider and my first line go-to program for creating passwords failed to meet their rules:

Password criteria:
  • must be 8-14 characters long
  • starts with a letter
  • include a lower case letter
  • include an upper case letter
  • include a number
  • include a special character (!,@,#,%)
  • does not contain the username
  • not include other special characters
Through 20 years of effort, we've successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess. – xkcd.com/936 Password Strength

My kingdom for the ability to use a passphrase like correct horse battery staple without these silly and seemingly arbitrary extra rules beyond length.
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