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(Globe and Mail)   Hackers steal 11 million passwords, then find out 10.5 million of them are "password" or "12345"   ( divider line 54
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2733 clicks; posted to Geek » on 07 Dec 2013 at 5:18 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-12-08 04:10:51 PM  
I think I'll just use an anagram of my name. It's 26 letters long. And to make a complete and satisfying anagram I have to cheat by several letters.

Throw in a couple of symbols, numbers, capitals and I'm laughing, Baby! The anagram websites inform me that an anagram that long would take millions of years to find. I can break my name up into shorter anagrams for less secure requirements.

A lot of my older, weaker passwords consist of the first letters of a line of favourite poetry, or some common phrase, such as "God, I hate this farking job, it's driving me crazier than Sarah Palin."


There's a good one. You're welcome.

The advantage of poetry is that you can create multiple passwords from a single short poem if you have memorized one. If you have memorized some other texts, such as Bible verses or the Gettysburg address, prose works just as well.

At some jobs I used lines or titles of books, a sort of primitive book code, using a book that is always to hand, either one I was reading at the time or a manual, dictionary, or what not. Now that I have a Kindle, I have a lot of books I can use to generate book codes, thus meeting the requirement of changing passwords frequently.

Some of my earlier passwords contain unintentional but usefull spelling errors or typos. If you make a mistake, be a geek: say it's not a mistake, say it's a feature.
2013-12-08 07:14:37 PM  
You can go and hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2.
2013-12-08 07:28:50 PM  
brantgoose: There's a good one. You're welcome.

Throw in at least one punctuation character.

Avoid common substitions (like ! for i or [ for C)

Adding punctuation means your password can't get brute forced at all by folks who are just doing a-z,A-Z,0-9. It widens up the potential password space by a huge margin.

And not using common substitutions means that the people using patterns that do those transformations are SOL as well.
2013-12-08 10:14:55 PM  
How strong is the password " ') DROP DATABASE;-- "?
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