I wanted to set up a StackExchange openID. But it insists on a password that contains 3 from the 4: lowercase, uppercase, special character and numeral. I have only two passwords across multiple sites. I always forget passwords with special rules. Out of a few services which insists on this, I only use Delicious. But I had to click the "forgot password?" the first few weeks.

I decided to stick to Google as the ID provider as I would not forget that password. Please remove the rule

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    Is one of your passwords password?
    – PengOne
    Jun 29, 2011 at 4:46
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    Use a password manager like LastPass to generate & manage passwords Jun 29, 2011 at 4:49
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    Phrases in another language, can deter over-shoulder snooping (and dictionaries) :-) Jun 29, 2011 at 4:49
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    I've never wanted 125 rep on meta more than I do right now, just so I could vote this down. Absolutely terrible idea. Jun 29, 2011 at 4:54
  • @PengOne: No, but hunter2. ;) Jun 29, 2011 at 6:28

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I decided to stick to Google as the ID provider as I would not forget that password.

Excellent compromise. Google is a fine provider. I wish you happiness in your future adventures together.

  • excellent. I will do the same
    – Guido
    Feb 27, 2012 at 12:26

I agree - why can't someone use a passphrase?

How insecure is this password: my password is all lowercase

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    I'd say it's pretty insecure. It is definitely lacking in self-confidence. Now, "MY PASSWORD IS ALL UPPERCASE", that's a password that just exudes confidence - no insecurity there. Jun 29, 2011 at 5:01
  • @charles - touché (i think)
    – Antony
    Jun 29, 2011 at 5:06
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    Better still: "MY PASSWORD IS ALL LOWERCASE" Really, who would suspect it?
    – PengOne
    Jun 29, 2011 at 5:29
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    Personally, I go with "This is not my password." That way any machine that tries to break my password will itself be broken.
    – Welbog
    Jun 29, 2011 at 20:59

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