Peter Lyons

Cease and desist your password restrictions

September 09, 2010

I just tried to create an account at Bed Bath and Beyond. They said my password could only contain letters and numbers. Many sites impose various restrictions on the password, including

What this creates is A) major frustration B) a problem with remembering dozens of totally different passwords and C) inability to have a simple "low importance" password for your dozens of accounts you aren't super concerned about.

Stop this madness. Stop your silly password restrictions. They are incompatible, frustrating, and probably not helping. See the articles below for reference, but there are many others out there if you do a web search.