Password Inflation

So I count my blessings. I married well. I am sitting pretty. And thus far, it is possible to make coffee, put bread in the toaster, and open the newspaper without a password that includes at least one numeral and one capital letter. –Garrison Keillor, 10/31/2018.

Yes! Passwords started out so simple. You could use the name of your childhood dog, such as “Fido” (was any dog ever named “Fido?”). I started out years ago with “Speedo” (. . . they often call me Speedo, but my real name is Mr. Earl—1955 song by the Doo-Wop group, The Cadillacs.) You could even enter hints to help remember the password.

No more.

The latest one I created had to be at least eight characters long, have one upper case letter, one numeral, and one special character. No hint would ever help me remember it.

Thanks to Longwood Gardens, I satisfy the special character requirement with an explanation point at the end, but it will probably be disallowed as more people use it. The requirements are getting out of hand and are often to protect the website owner, not the visitor.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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