Password Security Makes You Feel Safe
It’s unnerving to hear in the news about all the security breaches from tech companies. Accounts being hacked, passwords being stolen and personal information being released on the internet for all to see. So this got me going on something I’ve felt for a long time… password security measures.
A some point in the last decade companies decided to force their users to choose a password using their standards of security. For example, your password must be a minimum of eight characters long, contain at least one uppercase letter, at least one lowercase letter, at least one number, and a special character. This begs the question, if I choose a password that is secure and it gets stolen anyway, what was the purpose?
Don’t get me wrong, password security is very important, but it is not a end-all solution. It’s like locks on your doors, they make you feel safe and secure, but all it really does is slow down anyone who really wants to get inside. If this makes you feel secure, then by all means choose a combination of characters that nobody could possibly guess, and you probably won’t remember, and you will feel that you’re secure. The issue is that in today’s world I’m just as safe if my password is a random word from the dictionary then if it’s combination of all these different precautions. So why put your user’s through the hassle of trying to come up with a password they probably won’t remember, or that they’ve used on a hundred other websites in the past.
So do your users a favor and don’t make them jump through unnecessary hoops just to create an account on your website.