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Complicated Password Rant

Tech Peeve Du Jour: Needless Crazy Password Rules

I, like many others, take online security very seriously. Now that our entire lives have been arguably completely digitized, there is a lot of sensitive and personal information floating around secure websites. Banking info, credit card data, rent and mortgage payments — for all of the sites containing this sort of information, a complicated password isn't just required, it's necessary to keep you safe. I have no problem with restrictive password requirements for these sites. I do have beef with password requirements on sites that don't necessarily contain sensitive personal information.

Are you with me? Keep reading.

No, I don't want to respect your eight-characters-must-contain-one-symbol-and-one-number rule to view a photo gallery posted by a friend, or to simply read an article! I will sign into your site, but if you don't let me use my simple, easy to remember, six-letter password to access it, chances are I've already forgotten the password I've chosen and will have to go through a four-step process to reset the password to something site-appropriate. And then I will forget it. If you are not a bank or my credit card company, please stop. Thank you.

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skigurl skigurl 5 years
Hear hear! My bank password is simpler than the ones I use for some other stupid sites!
cerbopoli cerbopoli 5 years
This is my absolute biggest pet peeve. Passwords lose all security when I have to put them on a post-it and attach to my monitor. Let me use one that I can remember so I do not need to publish it to the world in order not to forget it!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
Haha I agree, even though I should know better. If they ask for complex passwords, I'm more likely to use the same one I use on other sites -.-
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