Yahoo says my password is too weak
A lot of visitors searching for data on a Yahoo ‘password too weak’ issue end up on my own Password is too weak… page.
My own issue was with BT – but since there is a close relationship between BT and Yahoo, it may well be exactly the same problem. The answer lies within the comments on my earlier page. Put simply, the BT password rules exclude certain characters that get generated by password managers (such as vertical bars), and is limited to 16 characters.
If you go over 16 characters and include vertical bars then you get a ‘password too weak’ error when actually your password is being rejected because it is too strong.
I don’t use Yahoo so cannot confirm whether this is the same issue. However, if Yahoo is continually rejecting your password as ‘too weak’ it would be worth checking the small print; and perhaps limiting your password to 16 characters – and no vertical bars.
Judging by the comments, this is a more widespread issue with Yahoo than I suspected. Again, judging by the comments, if you’re having trouble updating or changing your password, it may be worth trying a different browser. If this doesn’t work, try changing the password via an Android or iOS app.
You might also be interested in my take on the whole question of passwords (not just Yahoo): Password theory is good – password practice is poor