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Stop forcing your arbitrary password rules on me

“Password must contain 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, and 1 number.”

With a rule like that, the password Abcd1234 would pass your validation, but mu-icac-of-jaz-doad would not.


Ryan makes an excellent suggestion to replace password rules by an entropy estimator like Zxcvbn.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.