Usually when I have to collect information from a lot of online sources, I end up resetting my password on half the sites I need. Usually this is because every site has different requirements, some of which negate the requirements on other sites. This prevents me from using the same password on all sites, which may be a good thing, but I feel I’m picking pretty strong passwords. What gets me is some of the ludicrous requirements, such as case-insensitivity and prohibiting vulgar words! Here are the requirements from some of the websites I use:
|Schwab||6-8||1 number between 1st/last chars||Symbols|
|Citibank||6-32||at least 2 numbers||‘ ” = ; : < > ( ) or vulgarity!|
|Capital One Credit||8-15||1 number, A-Z, 0-9, minus and underscore only. NOT case sensitive||No spaces|
|Capital One Auto||8-12||letters and numbers, case sensitive||No spaces|
|Wells Fargo||6-14||1 number and 1 letter||none specified|
|ADP ProBusiness||8-14||1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, 1 number, 1 symbol||none specified|
The best part of this is the difference between two arms of Capital One. Someone needs to update their COBOL!