Skip to comments.Blackberry’s odd list of forbidden passwords includes characters from Winnie the Pooh and more
Posted on 12/19/2012 2:17:15 PM PST by null and void
List meant to protect clueless from using popular passwords but leaves many confused behind reasoning
For a while now, Blackberry has had in place a list of 106 prohibited passwords that device owners cannot use when setting up their Blackberry ID account. For all of its intents and purposes, the list is supposed to be a good thing; after all, its meant to save the clueless from using easily hackable passwords like 123456 and password.
Whats confusing, though, and this is why the list is making headlines now even though its been in place for a while, is that there are some pretty odd choices as to what makes a bad password.
For instance, ALL of the characters found in Winnie the Pooh are prohibited.
None of the major characters in Winnie the Pooh are allowed to be used as a password when setting up a Blackberry ID.
Thats right from poohbear and piglet to rabbit, eeyore, and tigger. And it doesnt stop there as a matter of fact, the list is full of popular fictional characters, including mickey, donald, barney, batman, and more.
While it might be able to justify some of these names as being popular enough to be used as passwords on a frequent basis, some others on the list simply dont makes sense. For instance, Calvin is included, but not Hobbes. Butthead is on there, but not Beevis. Users can choose scarecrow or tinman, but not Dorothy or wizard.
Moving beyond characters, both Monday and monday are on the list, but none of the other days make the list. Molson is on there, but not Budweiser. Baseball, football, and hockey make the list. Not mentioned: basketball.
Take a look for yourself at the Blackberry forbidden password list and see what other oddities you can find:
and the Moose can’t use # 59! I guess she could use moose?
We knew Obama had a blackberry-fetish, of course. Quick, someone dig up his traffic.
They prohibited Butthead but not Beavis?
Chelsea and Michelle but not Bill, Hillary, hussein, wideload or wookie
I’m luck that it takes DManA123 because I use that everywhere...............................
Spring and summer but not fall and winter? Jordan (the country), but not Syria or Iraq? Jordan (the river) but not Yarmuk, Orontes or Litani? Odd.
What’s a Blackberry?
Oh wait. I remember those things. From the last century.
First, those are all proper names, so they should be capitalized. Second, in this house, we say "The T-word."
That one got a LOL!!!
What about “ObamaPhone!”?
That's OK, you're safe, it showed up as ******** on my screen :-)
Am I ever relieved.
Humongocoldsore is still good to go.
gandalf is forbidden but fladnag is not?!?
It’s probably just the list of top percentage passwords as utilized in brute-force dictionary hacks...
I don’t change my password anymore. I’d renamed the dog so many times he was getting confused.
This should be password gospel.
So I guess #19 is Joe Biden’s password for his blackberry device.
When I was growing up on a farm in Iowa, the standard rule concerning edible livestock was that any critter that has a name is safe from becoming Sunday dinner.If only we'd named the dog, just once, he'd still be alive!
My sister and I had a pet turkey named "Tom" (how original...hey, we were kids) that we raised from a 'chick' and he was imprinted with the image of us being his mom.
He followed us around constantly like a spare shadow and always came out to meet us, getting off the school bus each afternoon. He'd come out and fan out his feathers and strut around a bit. It was his main, possibly only, talent.
In early November, word leaked out to us that he was going to be the main course for Thanksgiving dinner. The old rule had been over-ridden and Tom was about to be "axed" literally.
Come the day before Thanksgiving, we all dreaded what was about to happen and nobody would volunteer to be his executioner. Just thinking about it spread through the family to where we were all nearly in tears.
We couldn't bear to kill Tom for dinner, so we ate the dog.