Ofcom Do Security

Dominic Hargreaves dom at earth.li
Sun Aug 8 10:01:42 BST 2010

On Sat, Aug 07, 2010 at 06:55:40PM +0100, Dave Howe wrote:
> Brian Gladman wrote:
> > I REALLY loathe sites that enforce their own ideas on what should be in
> > passwords.
> I find the ones that enforce rules on recovery password answers even
> more annoying.
> "wife's maiden name" - I have seen it complain it doesn't like a
> character (it has a - in it) or is too short/too long.

Since password recovery phrases only serve to diminish the security of
the overall account, if I'm forced to use them I'll just pick a random
string rather than a piece of information which is, in principle at
least, a matter of public record. I then store my made up answer in a
trusted secrets store, of course.

You do get all sorts of bizzare combinations on web sites though.


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