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alpha charcters

i would like to know what this means if your making a password and get this message, some of the password needs to be xxx of alpha characters? i have never heard of this and want to make shure before i do something crazy. thanks to all, mispie

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Mispie, It Sounds Like You're Using Only Numbers..

In reply to: alpha charcters your password. In the general sense, "alpha-numerical", means "letters and numbers"..Did you not use any letters in your password"? Some sites require a specific number of letters and numbers for their logon passwords.

Hope this helps.


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Yeah. . .

In reply to: Mispie, It Sounds Like You're Using Only Numbers..

Alpha = A, B, C, D, etc.

Numeric = 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.

Alphanumeric = G2Fk95

Passwords are usually case sensitive, such as upper case = A and lower case = a, are two different characters to a password.

I remember when everyone started to get on line, the day was dial-up only, and the number one call to the ISP support was "Can't get on line". The reason, most people had their caps lock on and the password was in lower case. Ahhhhh, those were the days. Of course I never made that mistake.


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More or less, yes.

In reply to: Yeah. . .


Any COBOL-programmer (and there are lots of them worldwide) will tell you that the COBOL definition of alphanumeric includes every character from the character set used, including (of course) ~!@#$%^&*()-+| (just the characters on the upper row of my keyboard), but they just as well put non-displayable characters like bell and tab and linefeed and escape in an alphanumeric variable.
Not to mention all those special characters you can only make with the alt-num-keys, like e-acute and copyright.

For a COBOL-educated person a 'alfanumeric field' is just a string. Anything you can put in a string is OK.

And a space, by the way, is an alphabetic character in COBOL. In fact, it's the only alphabetic character that's both upper and lower case. But e-acute is not alphabetic, although you and I might think otherwise.

In the realm of passwords, it's unusual to have characters like # and $ and alt-0-1-6-9 (copyright sign) allowed. But if they are, it's very safe to use them, because it makes the password more difficult to guess or crack.

As always, in the real world things are more complex than you initially think.


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Ahhhhh, yes. . .

In reply to: More or less, yes.

I did some programming in college, I believe it was RPG, and a little COBOL. God, that was years ago, I'd forgotten that. Wow, how things have changed. We worked on an IBM-360. It took up a whole room and was less powerful than my digital watch. Well, almost.

I remember later when PCs were born we used to set a password in DOS, and used Alt255 as one of the characters, usually the last. Do you remember what that character was?

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