Want a job at the NSA?
Be aware that they don’t like it if your password is longer than 12 characters:
Okay, so this is just the careers portal part of the NSA’s website. It doesn’t mean that everything at the NSA is protected by a password of 12 or less characters. But it’s not exactly the finest example to set for others, is it?
I checked it out for myself, and had to raise an eyebrow at the following pop-up message that the NSA’s website displayed:
It’s good to see that the NSA are using HTTPS/SSL to protect our private information in transit. Oh, wait… hang on a minute…
As Martijn Grooten points out, this “may be a rare case in which there’s really no one but you and the site who sees your traffic.”
A cynic might suggest, of course, that all the NSA are doing is encouraging people to use shorter, weaker passwords for perfectly understandable reasons.