Sunday, April 01, 2007

How good is your password? 

A blogger has contributed yet another article to the long list of articles about choosing good passwords. It's a good one. It's easy to follow, explains the recommendations, and has sound advice.

Sample tip: Think of something you were attached to when you were younger, but DON’T CHOOSE A PERSON’S NAME! Every name plus every word in the dictionary will fail under a simple brute force attack. The point of that advice is to make the password something you'll actually remember but that isn't a cliche. Whatever it is, modify the spelling so it's not a dictionary word or even a pair of dictionary words. Don't pick "startrek" as a password.

My favorite remains the randomly generated password which you memorize by making up a story to go with it. Imagine creating a password like "2bcm47h" and realizing it's short for "2 bananas chased me for 7 hours". The randomness gives you a provable amount of security, and the story makes it stick in your mind.


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