Open Sesame

December 5th, 2017 Posted by User Experience 0 thoughts on “Open Sesame”

Passwords are a good thing, right?   It’s pretty much a given. But to be useful they need to be memorable. Or they’ll be soon forgotten or worse still, written down – defeating the point entirely.

I recently had need to use the National Savings & Investments website to invest in some Premium Bonds. While the application form itself caused no problems, choosing a password was an entirely different affair.

I have three passwords that I use across most websites – my online banking passwords are separate from these to reduce the risk that they are compromised. However, none of the three I use regularly fitted the very strict requirements of the NS&I.

Which was…Wait for it…

Between 6 and 8 characters.

Minimum of 1 upper case letter, 1 lower case letter, 1 special character and 1 number.

Seriously!

So what did I do? Well I wrote it down. I won’t tell you where.

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