I had trouble yesterday when I decided to change my password for Telstra and email. I believe it is good practice to change the password every so often and I now use a password manager that generates long and strong passwords and then stores them.
Anyway I generated a long password of probably 24 characters or so and updated through My Accounts. It said Password successfully updated so all good it seemed.
My Microsoft Outlook however wouldn't accept the new password at all. I tried to get help through Telstra support and they had no luck as it is a 3rd party product.
Eventually I found out by googling that Outlook can only accept a 16 digit password. It won't accept a longer one.
This is better than the Telstra scenario. I was able to log in to Telstra mail and access my email that way. Then I tried to change the password again at the Telstra site and it spat an error when I entered the 24 character password as current password trying to change it to a shorter one.
I eventually discovered that if you change a password through My Accounts and enter more than 16 digits it says password updated but actually it has taken 16 digits only and ignored the rest. The customer doesn't realise and thinks their password is longer.
Telstra need to clearly state that passwords are max length 16 digits and NOT accept longer passwords.
Just taking the first 16 digits and the customer not realising is very bad.
The trend with Password Manager software is to generate longer passwords so I think this issue will hit more people. But as a minimum Telstra should clearly state the maximum length of passwords and be consistent across the platform.
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