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AT&T bans the use of obscene words in their passwords


Fed up with the password restrictions that many websites put up for your security? I mean we agree these restrictions are needed for a strong password, however with the number of accounts that we have on the internet, it becomes extremely difficult for users to remember each and every password especially when they have become highly complex. Like for most accounts, you need a password which has more than 6 letters and is a combination of letters and numbers. If this wasn’t enough, now, at&t has a new clause in their terms and conditions: the password cannot contain obscene language.



Well, who reads the terms and conditions anyways? Luckily one of the twitter’s Network and Infrastructure Engineers, Randy Janinda happened to have a look at the terms and conditions of the at&t and surprisingly found out that users could not use obscene language in their passwords. This means that you can no longer use F*%& or any other foul language in your password of your at&t account.

In the past few years we have seen websites disallowing the use of foul language for usernames, but it is the first time we are hearing about such restriction on password. We still have no clue why would the carrier keep such a clause especially when nobody can have a peek at these passwords. All the passwords are encrypted and these encrypted passwords are verified with the saved encrypted ones in the server while logging in. As a result, during the entire process, no one except the user will know the password. The only other person that can have a look at these passwords is a hacker. So if any hacker manages to get into their servers they can see these passwords and hence maybe, the company does not want them to see a large number of curse words being used as passwords.

But there can be another explanation of such a clause which is way more logical than the above mentioned one. Many a times, users have to say their passwords (verbally) to the at&t executives and maybe the company does not want their executives being cursed, like if your password is F%8KYOU, which was a valid password earlier, you would have to say that to the executive and this has happened many times. Hence, this move might be well received by all those at&t executives who had to listen to plenty of curse words from their customers.

So from now onwards, stick to the traditional birth date or your crush’s name for your at&t password.

via Ubergizmo

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