[wp-hackers] On overly-obscure passwords

Demetris kikizas at gmail.com
Thu May 6 10:40:18 UTC 2010

On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM, Simon Blackbourn <piemanek at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
That’s a good point.

It can be a nuissance for “advanced users” too.  (“Argh!  Why is it
not selecting properly?  Hmm, it has symbols in it.  I’ll have to

More information about the wp-hackers mailing list