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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

Pen-y-gors Silver badge


A certain university somewhere in mid-Wales has password rules that forbid anything like a dictionary word in just about any known language, and checks it. They must have a Cray handling the password validation.

Contain both upper and lower case characters (e.g., a-z, A-Z)

Have digits and punctuation characters as well as letters, e.g., 0-9, !@#$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:";'<>?,./)

Are at least six alphanumeric characters long.

Are not a word in any language, slang, dialect, jargon, etc.

Are not based on personal information, names of family, etc.

If I remember rightly, you can't reuse the last 30. But at least it only forces a change every year.

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