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What the F*ck Does AT&T Have Against Obscene Language

AT&T has banned obscene passwords; next step is to wash our mouths out with soap.
(Screenshot: AT&T)

(Screenshot: AT&T)

Employing obscenity in passwords–either for the personal amusement or just to feel alive for once in your sorry life–is a longstanding tradition hearkening back to the AOL dialup days of yore when “b00b!es” was your password of choice. But cellular overlord AT&T has no use for either your filthy mind or adorable nostalgia: as Twitter security engineer Randy Janinda recently noticed, the company has banned passwords that contain “obscene language.”

Cellular News notes that setting up the expectation that all passwords are “polite” could actually pose a security threat, letting hackers know that a huge chunk of possible passwords aren’t allowed on AT&T. Plus, passwords are supposed to be encrypted both ways: how would AT&T even know your password has bad language in it?

Perhaps the company simply got sick of everyone making their passwords “Fu*ky0U@t&T!”

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