Clarionion: Password problems causing uproar

March 29, 2012 | 11 a.m.

The new requirements are so complicated they keep both hackers and you out of your email

Clarionion | Marsha M. Allo

Clarionion: Password problems causing uproar

Information Technology Services has been promoting Bethel Community Password Change Campaign, requiring staff, faculty and students to make more secure and obscure passwords. | Courtesy of Bethel ITS

Students and faculty at Bethel University find it hard to remember their new passwords since the password update in January 2012.

The password change required users to come up with a more secure password due to the increase in sneaky people’s ability to guess their peers’ passwords. Because of this mischief, requirements were made for the new passwords, making them so obscure that no one could ever guess them.

Passwords now require eight capital letters, four spaces, two numbers, five hash tags, 35 percentage signs, multiple exclamation points, arrows, foreign symbols, accent marks and possibly a mass amount of letters thrown in there somewhere.

This has caused mass hysteria across campus, as people are unable to read their precious emails because they just can’t seem to remember their passwords.

“I wanted to make sure no one got into my email account, so I made up a password no one would ever guess,” explained overly paranoid student Harold Farley. “I actually don’t even know what it is…but no one will get into my emails, and that’s all that matters!”

“I just mashed on the keyboard until it accepted something,” said Taylor Reset, a junior. “That seemed to work just fine for me.”

Not only are students having trouble remembering their passwords, but faculty members are struggling as well.

“I think I put a ‘7’ in there somewhere,” said Shirley Wilkensons, a professor in one of those townhouses. “I just wish I could remember all these symbols and crazy characters.”

Other faculty members have resorted to writing down their ridiculously awkward passwords in order to remember them. This ultimately defeats the original purpose of the secure passwords.

Some have decided to redirect their emails to different accounts because they can remember those normal email passwords, which are much easier. Finding ways around the system seems to be a popular response to the mandated password change.

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