[wp-hackers] On overly-obscure passwords

Simon Blackbourn piemanek at gmail.com
Wed May 5 18:23:08 UTC 2010

The advantage of a password containing just lowercase and uppercase letters
and numbers (without symbols), is that it is perceived as one word by the
computer/browser. Therefore a double-click selects the whole password, or
the browser's/OS's inbuilt text selection 'helps' the user select the word.
Having symbols in the word breaks both these behaviours.

Might not seem much to advanced users, but having trained many non-technical
or inexperienced clients and seen how easily they can mis-select text, I'd
say this avoids much frustration and confusion for them.


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