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Ridiculous Password Requirements: no Q or Z allowed

Val sent me this forever ago and I've been meaning to blog it.

http://kottke.org/12/06/the-worlds-worst-password-requirements-list

There's a sampling at left, but the best one is the one at the top of the article since, among many many other things, you aren't allowed to have the same two letters next to each other at all.

I don't know why these websites don't just assign passwords. That would be way easier.  Also, an 8 character password isn't that secure, especially if you tell the hacker things like "the first and last letters can't be special characters and the only special characters allowed are these three" which greatly lowers the number of passwords a hacker would have to check when doing a brute force attack.

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