Stupid password restrictions …

This has been getting up my nose for quite some time. Webmasters and/or webprogrammers that believe it is their duty to ensure my new account password is “secure” / “safe” / “hard to crack”.

  • must contain upper case and lower case characters,
  • must contain at least one numeric,
  • sometimes also a special character,
  • sometimes only special characters from a pre-defined set.

Webmaster, please keep your password restrictions to yourself!
For God’s sake, let me pick my password. It is absolutely none of your business, however well-intended!

On top of that, when you then fail to implement your restrictions properly, such as not letting me add special characters of my choosing or you won’t let me add a trailing space, that is just mind-bogglingly stupid!

By all means, do help people choose a good password, but don’t impose your restrictions on people who are quite capable to choosing a good password themselves!


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