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Passwords suck

Written By: Gary on April 6, 2008 3 Comments

Argh! I’m annoyed with creating user accounts. Everyone has their own damn process for passwords:

  • all numbers
  • must contain one upper-case character, one number, and be at least 8 characters (but ONLY 1 uppercase letter)
  • no characters other than letters or numbers
  • must be 8 characters

    But no, I can’t use 12 characters with letters, numbers and punctuation because it’s more than 8 or because it doesn’t have a capital letter.

    An the real pain is when you go to log in, they won’t remind you of this “rule”. And I really like it when it says “username” when what they really want is my “e-mail address”.

    My absolute favorite stupid rule is the hint to get your password must be at least 8 characters. Sorry, my hometown, mother’s maiden name, first pet and street aren’t that long! How am I supposed to remember this.

    And all these companies need to have the ability to handle multiple e-mail addresses. It’s such a hassle when I need to change something (for something I signed up for 5 years ago) and I can’t remember their rule and the e-mail address I signed up with doesn’t exist any more.

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    3 Responses to “Passwords suck”

    1. Kim Dushinski says on: 6 April 2008 at 12:19 pm

      Gary:

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. I agree 100%.

      I’ve thought about getting password software but am afraid it really isn’t safe.

    2. kilax says on: 6 April 2008 at 2:28 pm

      Ugh. I hate this BS too. I have so many passwords that I just tell my computer to remember them all… but then when I clear my cache they are all gone and I have to go searching for them again :(

    3. Kris Hansen says on: 7 April 2008 at 12:20 am

      yeah really, i mean i can’t remember my amazon account cuz my email has changed a ton of times since 1998!!!

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