Adrian pearson is A VETERAN UK CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AND the founder of ledgerscope - A SOFTWARE COMPANY MAking great tools for accountants in practice.

Please register, but we're not that interested in security

I wrote recently about my use of the Lastpass service as a means of securing my online passwords in a manageable way.

Strong passwords should include a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. So when I registered at, this is the password Lastpass suggested for me: "0!aXXNa^Z6Ro".


Unfortunately, as you can see above, The FT site only wants me to use a "fairly" secure password, one with only letters and numbers. I was therefore forced to dumb-down my choice.

Security might not be such an issue when one only wishes to read newspaper articles, but you'd be surprised how many other types of online service will not accept strong character combinations - something I am only just discovering because I use a password generation service.

I think this needs to change.

Accountants getting the software bug

No support is better than great support