Global Mod Team
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Congleton - The centre of
To the buffoons who make up password requirements for internet sites - I hate you. I hate you with a deep and abiding loathing which, were you able to sense it, would keep you awake at night. It would eat away at your very psyche, like a constant itching at the back of your brain. Which is, coincidentally, the sensation your work causes in me.
In no particular order*, these are some of the elements which you demand which contribute to your slightly increasing the misery of every person unlucky enough to chance upon your nonsensical creations.
(*That's a lie. This first one is particularly annoying me currently):
The requirement that your password cannot be one you have used previously. That is EVER previously, not just it can't be the last few. The point of a password is to be easy to remember but hard to guess. If you, over time, make it forbidden for me to use EVERY word or number which is memorable to me, then how is it supposed to be easily remembered? Shall I tell you how? Shall I tell you the immensely secure situation this creates? IT'S WRITTEN ON A POST-IT NOTE STUCK TO MY MONITOR YOU BLITHERING IMBECILES.
Have a set format that the password needs to be in. Don't tell me what this format is when you're trying to remember the password. In fact - even better - don't tell me what this format is when I'm choosing it in the first place until I enter one which isn't compatible.
Have more than one page for passwords / PINs. Have these arranged so that something like Google password manager sees them as the same field, so you can't save them both.
Don't allow spaces.
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