Tim (@oraclebase) points out something Rich (@rmanalan) and I have previously discussed. Soft keypads foster weak passwords.
Having to shift for capital letters and switch keyboards for some special characters is bad enough, but when coupled with the inconsistent implementation of keyboards between OSes, a strong password is maddeningly difficult to enter.
For example, I’ve noticed that Android’s stock keypad considers # important enough to be on the primary number keypad. IOS, however, does not, forcing you to find the extended symbol keypad.
- Services get hacked. It happens.
- People are frightening cavalier with passwords and don’t understand the implications of using weak passwords.
I’m glad Tim blogged this because soft keypads only exacerbate the weak password problem. If people are too lazy to use stronger passwords when presented with a real keyboard, imagine how lax they are when using a small, touch or tactile one.