Your password contains too many characters

It seems that I run into this situation every week…

I go to a website, sign up for an account, and my password gets rejected with the message “Your password contains too many characters, a maximum of X is allowed”. Where X equals whatever small character limit has been set on the password system.

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Low character passwords are a security threat

Listen up developers & system admins! Your puny character limitation for passwords is NOT cool. We live in an age of identity theft, information theft, hackers and a constant barrage of threats to information security. Why in the HELL would you make a low maximum character limitation rule for passwords, when it makes them easier to guess/crack/steal/hack?

All sites should allow passwords of 12 characters long at a MINIMUM. Allowing 20 or more characters would be ideal. No one should be using passwords anymore. Nowadays, pass phrases are necessary to avoid an easily compromised account.

Use SSL to encrypt password transmission

And on a related note, every site that protects important information or accounts using a password should be using an SSL certificate and forced HTTPS. Submitting a password over HTTP transmits that information over the internet in plain text, allowing network sniffers to read the text being transmitted.

Get with it websites. Please.

Twitter in Phoenix Arizona

Hello, I’m Wes Novack. I’m on Twitter and I tweet A LOT.

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Follow me, talk to me, let’s have a conversation.

How I use Twitter

I use Twitter to stay connected with the community in Phoenix Arizona, to read about breaking news, for entertainment, to broadcast interesting links, to talk to others and for many other purposes. I also follow and converse with others outside of the Phoenix area, but the majority of the tweeps that I follow are in AZ.

My follow back policy

My follow back policy is simple: interact with me & I will follow you back, regardless of your location. What does “interact” mean? Reply to one of my questions, ask me a question, retweet something I post, etc. I will notice any of these and if I’m not following you, I will. I have found other follow back policies to be too time consuming or inefficient.

Thanks for reading and I hope we can interact on Twitter!

1/3/2015 Update: I moved to Utah in 2013, and I don’t particularly adhere to a ‘follow back’ policy these days…