|| posted on 9-6-2013 at 14:00
Your right re my reading (actually lack thereof) of "D0g" (and again shows the great value of using this forum); I dismissed the series of periods
after "D0g" re a kind of tunnel vision phenomena as being the equivalent of "etc., etc., etc.,". Can't say why I jumped to such a conclusion,
but it does show why SOME of us non-techie types go into a kind of mental shutdown the moment a somewhat technical set of information is presented to
us. Thanks for the catch re my error/response, and I will reread the piece with a more open mind (hopefully) re what it actually is saying. At the
VERY LEAST these kinds of webpage pieces challenge long held "sacred" "truths" re digital under the hood workings.
|| posted on 9-6-2013 at 02:27
|I'd have thought that Gibson Research would have not made such a claim, you live and learn.....but then.......
Upon reading your link, you have omitted one vital fact the password under test was not "D0g" but "D0g....................." which, using brute
force, takes far longer than "PrXyc.N(n4k77#L!eVdAfp9" as it is one character longer. The mathematics is simple enough, if, only using lowercase
alphabet characters there are 26 combinations of a 1 character password, at 2 length it becomes 26x26, at three, 26 cubed, and so on, so the longer
the password, the harder it is to beat. Heck, even "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" would
be almost impossible and take a bloody long time to find using brute force.
|| posted on 8-6-2013 at 16:58
|In my lifelong pursuit of making the simplest thing so complicated that it becomes incomprehensible, I offer up the following webpage URL re password
creation strategies [I stumbled across this webpage re my "research" via Google].
This *VERY* scientific (*sounding*) webpage claims that the password "D0g" [the 2nd character is a zero] is much more difficult to crack than the
To say that this 'claim' turned everything that I thought that I ever knew re password creation, and the ability to foil a malicious hacker attacker
on its proverbial head would be an understatement of how floored I was by this claim.
Not being the least mathematically inclined, and certainly not willing to take this claim at face value, I'm wondering if any of the more technically
astute members of this board see any validity in what this site claims re creating passwords.
|| posted on 8-6-2013 at 02:52
|I keep all of my passwords in a secure file on one of my machines. Then, if I need to remember one, then all I must do is look it up. Scrabble does
have numbers on it, the scores. So, what you could do is, say, substitute the letter for the score attached to that letter. one of my passwords, that
I no longer use, BTW, was G3t@n3w0N3, obviously, the longer the better. You could also use the equivalent ASCII codes for letters.
|| posted on 7-6-2013 at 12:59
|Most password hackers use a method known as "Brute force", as described here:
Naturally, a long password is harder to crack, with that method, than a short one.
Use numbers and letters. Maybe, even, other strange symbols, too, if they're allowed.
A bugger to remember, those, though.
|| posted on 6-6-2013 at 23:47
|My Amazon.com account got hacked, but fortunately their security gear caught it, and canceled the purchase. This is like the 3rd or 4th time over a
period of about 10 years that this has happened. FYI: the only work I had to do was change my password.
I need to bit the bullet [re the work/inconvience involved] and come up with a better (much) system of selecting passwords for each and every account
that I need to log into with a password, i. e., a different password for each registration and words that are not in the dictionary, but a combination
of numbers & letters (and maybe symbols).
There are numerous FREE online password generators (user variable length choice, etc.,), but I'm real leary of pulling a password down from an online
site that I've never heard of. Ditto re software (often shareware) that does the same thing.
In all seriousness, I'm wondering IF the best plan would be to simply use my Scrabble game, and pull out some letters (& never the same length
for a password) when I needed a password (since there are no numbers in Scrabble I'd have to put some numbers on tiles too).
The purpose of this post is to see what the members of this forum do with the issue of password theft, and how they combat it, and IF they use some
sort of a password generator.