14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2010 9:22 AM by ~Bee
William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
I'm not sure this is the best place to post this observation, but I'm not sure what would be better. The other day the sign-on software asked me to declare a new Apple ID password. In the description of the rules for a password were these statements:

contains at least one numeral
contains at least one character

It apparently didn't occur to the person who wrote that text that a numeral is a character. The second line should have stated "at least one alphabetic character".

MacBook 5,2 2.0 GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Sam M. Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    Which sign-on software?
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (46,945 points)
    Well spotted - I have alerted the Hosts to their error!
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
    Klaus1 wrote:
    I have alerted the Hosts to their error!


    Thanks.
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
    Sam M. wrote:
    Which sign-on software?


    The software to sign into the discussions area. This is a guess, but it may be that if your password already met the requirements you didn't see that.
  • Eric W. Community Hosts Community Hosts (4,365 points)
    Thank you for this, we will see about getting it addressed.

    -Eric
  • Sam M. Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    Gotcha. I just misunderstood you.

    -SM
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,885 points)
    The message I received last week when this happened said the password had expired and needed to be reset to a password of at least 8 characters, with at least one numeric and one special character. That is not an issue since it is a low level of a strong password format. Does not insist on at least one capitol letter. I reset with no problems except the system wanted to then play questions and answers with me which did not work. But the reset password has continued since that time.

    Message was edited by: Ralph Landry1
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (46,740 points)
    I had the identical experience, Ralph. It was a bit annoying having to type the new password into my ATV.
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,885 points)
    Hi Meg.

    The game of questions was irritating, but changing yet another password was a frustration. With over 35 passwords to keep track of, not counting the single-use passwords, I really did not need this. Forces one to do things that really are not ideal security practice. Some of those are very strong, 12 random characters.
  • romad Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    Ralph Landry1 wrote:
    Hi Meg.

    The game of questions was irritating, but changing yet another password was a frustration. With over 35 passwords to keep track of, not counting the single-use passwords, I really did not need this. Forces one to do things that really are not ideal security practice. Some of those are very strong, 12 random characters.


    One word, Ralph: 1Password

    www.agilewebsolutions.com
  • Sam M. Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    One word, Ralph: 1Password

    www.agilewebsolutions.com


    I swear by this software. I can truly say it has changed the way I use my Mac. Worth every penny and I definitely mean it.

    -SM
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,885 points)
    Hi romad,

    That might be a solution for some but would be a severe security violation for me. Where I use most of my passwords it absolutely, without question, forbiden to use anything of that nature. And the passwords must all be very strong, i.e., virtually impossible to remember all of them

    Thanks for the suggestion but that would only work for personal use, and there I have a mnemonic system that works for me, not likely to work for anyone else.
  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (27,020 points)
    It's one of MacUpdate's December bundle - http://www.mupromo.com/?ref=8992







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  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (31,200 points)
    Miriam, that's a great bundle!