It’s always so comforting when you know that social networking sites are actually looking out for you and that they are actually not the big bad meanies that people make them out to be using your personal information for their own obscure evil purposes.
Here’s the latest example of a generous gesture from twitter that has banned a list of 370 passwords having judged those as too easy to guess by others. These words range from the dumb but convenient ones like ‘password’ but also the cult ones like ‘bond007’ ‘trustno1’ (from X Files- d’uh!) and all kinds of simple words including ‘baseball’, ‘captain’ etc etc.
Now the fact is that what may be easily guessable to me may not be easily guessable to you. For example did you know that ‘THX1138’ was the title of the first film made by George Lucas? I didn’t but I’m sure the millions of Star Wars fans did and probably half a million of them used this as their twitter password (now they tell me! LOL no I don’t hack twitter accounts for a living!). Which is most probably what led to twitter including it in its banned list of most obvious passwords.
I’m very happy that my silly password is not yet on the banned list but then I don’t have a twitter account do I? WordPress obviously cares far less for its flock than does twitter!
For the full list of banned passwords (more for a good laugh!) click >>here<<