The idiots guide to passwords

The people who design password protocols make us feel like idiots, but they are the idiots. Most instructions are an invitation to hell. That's why I was delighted to see the below email show up in my inbox this morning. It expresses my views perfectly. I wish the author was identified; if the you are the author, please let me know and I'll give you your well-deserved credit.

 

WINDOWS:
Please enter your new password.

USER:
cabbage

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WINDOWS:
Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters.

USER:
boiled cabbage

WINDOWS:
Sorry, the password must contain 1 numerical character.

USER:
1 boiled cabbage

WINDOWS:
Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces

USER:
50damnboiledcabbages

WINDOWS:
Sorry, the password must contain at least one upper case character

USER:
50DAMNboiledcabbages

WINDOWS:
Sorry the password cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively.

USER:
50damnBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYo urAssIfYouDon'tGiveMeAccessNow !

WINDOWS:
Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation.

USER:
ReallyPissedOff50DamnBoiledCab bagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDontG iveMeAccessNow

WINDOWS:
Sorry, that password is already in use

Who are these people to tell us what our passwords must be, huh? The same geniuses who design the incomprehensible protocols for recovering a forgotten login or password. The banks are worst of all. I'm no longer paying my bills on line; it has just become way too difficult. Don't these outfits have customer service departments, or they last on the corporate pecking order? . I'm gong back to paying via USPS. It's a lot simpler and the cost of the first class stamp is more economical than spending my time trying to get into my on-line account.

Related: The guy responsible for making passwords such a pain now says he was wrong

dennis@dennisbyrne.net

www.dennisbyrne.net

My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812

 

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