Twitter Bans More Than 370 Passwords

Having a secure password for anything and everything is a no-brainer. Sadly, though, many people still aren’t very careful with what they use. When you choose a password, you really do have to be careful. If someone hacks your Twitter account, it’s true they won’t have access to your sensitive data (such as your social security number). However, they can wreak havoc on your reputation by posting some really awful things if they wanted to.

To help protect against this, Twitter has hard-coded 370 password no-noes into their registration page. This is a set of words that are definitely not secure, and Twitter won’t allow you to use them during sign up. If you want to see the list, simply view the source code of the registration page. Do a search for the words: twttr.BANNED_PASSWORDS, and you’ll see them all listed.

You really should make use of a secure password generator, such as the one that you can add to Firefox. Don’t take the chance that someone will inadvertently guess what you’ve used. Protect your reputation as much as you do your personal information.

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4 thoughts on “Twitter Bans More Than 370 Passwords”

  1. I prefer a personal password generating algorithm for my wetware over trusting all my passwords to software that might at any time fail, lose data, or get cracked. It’s not as hard as you may think. Develop a small set of standard rules as to how you come up with a password, apply them consistently, and even if you forget the password you’ll remember the rule and be able to regenerate it.

    Short example (fictitious, would never reveal my own):

    Take the name of the website. Discard the top level domain (.com, .org, whatever). Switch the first and last letter. Put a period after the second vowel present. Remove all punctuation. Replace “S” with a dollar sign ($). Replace all other vowels except the second with numbers that look like them. Capitalize every other consonant.

    chris.pirillo.com becomes: ohR1$pi.R1lLc

    Completely unguessable, reproducible in 7 easy steps. Memorize the steps (MAKE YOUR OWN) and you know all your passwords and nobody else can discover them unless you’re stupid enough to write a bunch down or tell the steps to someone else (and provided they are stored in encrypted databases so sysadmins and crackers can’t look at them and derive your formula).

    It’s not strong encryption, but it’s more than easy enough to defeat standard cracking attempts while remaining usable.

  2. I find it weird how probably more than 50% of those banned words have something to do with sex. It’s interesting, really. Who’s gonna use “bigcock” as a password, seriously? Anyone who does has more problems than just the risk of having their account hacked.

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