CORPORATE DIRECTIVE NUMBER 88-570471In order to increase the security of all company computing facilities, and to avoid the possibility of unauthorized use of these facilities, new rules are being put into effect concerning the selection of pa*swords. All users of computing facilities are instructed to change their pa*swords to conform to these rules immediately.RULES FOR THE SELECTION OF PA*SWORDS:1. A pa*sword must be at least six characters long, and must not contain two occurrences of a character in a row, or a sequence of two or more characters from the alphabet in forward or reverse order. Example: HGQQXP is an invalid pa*sword. GFEDCB is an invalid pa*sword.2. A pa*sword may not contain two or more letters in the same position as any previous pa*sword. Example: If a previous pa*sword was GKPWTZ, then NRPWHS would be invalid because PW occurs in the same position in both pa*swords.3. A pa*sword may not contain the name of a month or an abbreviation for a month. Example: MARCHBC is an invalid pa*sword. VWMARBC is an invalid pa*sword.4. A pa*sword may not contain the numeric representation of a month. Therefore, a pa*sword containing any number except zero is invalid. Example: WKBH3LG is invalid because it contains the numeric representation for the month of March.5. A pa*sword may not contain any words from any language. Thus, a pa*sword may not contain the letters A, or I, or sequences such as AT, ME, or TO because these are all words.6. A pa*sword may not contain sequences of two or more characters which are adjacent to each other on a keyboard in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal direction. Example: QWERTY is an invalid pa*sword. GHNLWT is an invalid pa*sword because G and H are horizontally adjacent to each other. HUKWVM is an invalid pa*sword because H and U are diagonally adjacent to each other.7. A pa*sword may not contain the name of a person, place, or thing. Example: JOHNBOY is an invalid pa*sword.Because of the complexity of the pa*sword selection rules, there is actually only one pa*sword which pa*ses all the tests. To make the selection of this pa*sword simpler for the user, it will be distributed to all supervisors. All users are instructed to obtain this pa*sword from his or her supervisor and begin using it immediately.
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