Semi-colons and passwords go together like red beans and rice

Many companies require you to use a secure password, and good secure passwords usually include some kind of punctuation (along with numbers, upper-case letters, and lower-case letters).

Meanwhile, pity the poor semi-colon (;). Here’s a key smackdab on the home row of your keyboard. Your right pinkie gets a workout with the P key and the Enter key and the Slash key (/), but rarely is called upon to hit the semi-colon, where it rests. (You may recall that the reason our keyboards are laid out like they are is because with old manual typewriters, you needed to actually slow down typists to prevent key jams; thus, the home row became home to many infrequently used keys. My first typing class, in 7th grade in 1979, was actually taught using manual typewriters.)

So, kill two birds with one stone: Spice up some of your secure passwords with a semi-colon or two. That satisfies the requirement of having punctuation in the password, while also being an easy key to type. Be sure to vary the semi-colon’s place in your secure password: the beginning and end may be easier to remember, but the middle is more secure.

2 thoughts on “Semi-colons and passwords go together like red beans and rice”

  1. I totally agree with this sentiment. Semi-colon should be used more often. Like in smileys. 😉

    However the title of the post is unfortunate. In particular, mixing soy sauce with rice is a cultural faux-pas in certain cultures, such as Japanese. I did a double-take, is this person recommending or condemning semi-colons in passwords? 😉 I understand though, a Japanese-studying friend of mine did this for years until corrected by her first Japanese host family. :-/

  2. Heh. I had no idea. I love soy sauce on rice, it’s delicious. I guess I’ll have to not do that next time in Japan. Thanks for letting me know! I’ve changed the title. Red beans and rice is a delicacy in New Orleans, and I hope there are no cultures that find it disturbing to mix them.

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