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Password = Passphrase, Internet and Email Security

Password = Passphrase

Anytime you see “password” think “passphrase”. Websites that limit the amount of characters to less than 20 for your password passphrase should reconsider.

We all have a ton of website usernames and passwords – each one seems to have their own rules on creating your password – I like to see websites force us to have a mix of characters, not allowing text only. But, to say your password must be between 6 and 16 characters is asinine.

One banking website I have had an account with limited my password to under 16 characters, Ridiculous!

Developers, increase password fields to accept at least 32 characters to accommodate a phrase instead of a word.   Allow a mix of different characters and please allow spaces!

I know that writing your password passphrase validation code isn’t always easy. Because regular expressions are difficult to program around, however I like to split up the regular expression to make it a bit easier on myself and those other talented individuals who are looking at my code.

$UPPERCASE = preg_match('@[A-Z]@', $passphrase);
$lowercase = preg_match('@[a-z]@', $passphrase);
$number    = preg_match('@[0-9]@', $passphrase);

if(!$UPPERCASE || !$lowercase || !$number || strlen($passphrase) < 12) { 

Password Passphrase example:
M@ry Had a l1ttl3 lamb

The example passphrase “M@ry Had a l1ttl3 lamb” is 22 characters, complex and is highly secure. It includes numbers, special characters, upper case and lower case letters and SPACES.

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