The website that I am supposed to enter times into for work study put these ridiculous restrictions on my password:
- Your password must be between 6 and 8 characters in length.
- You are strongly encouraged to include at least one special character, such as # or % or &
I generated a password using lastpass meeting the requirements k82AL$ln and according to howsecureismypassword.net
it would take 3 days to crack the password. So yes, the special character requirement is a good one, but 8 characters is way too short for a password to be secure. If I were them I would require passwords to be at least 10 characters (no maximum).