Research Proves Your Password Sucks

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davidlogin

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emerysteele

Randomness does play a role in good passwords, but even more importantly is length. For example: the password D0g........ is stronger than PrXyc.N(n4 because it is 1 character longer. It is also alot easier to remember too. Check out Steve Gibson's write-up on this at http://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

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HiGHRoLLeR038

I think its rediculous that my online bank allows a MAXIMUM of a ten character password.  

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hades_2100

Bank of Montreal allows for exactly 6. Not more, not less. Can't have 7, can't have 5. Exactly 6.

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BrandNewJesus

If a site has a Maximum or Min...IF it cares at ALL how long it is, that is a good indicator that they are NOT hashing your password. For a bank, This is very bad.

 

As far as PSN goes, I used a very simple password. 

1. Because I had to enter it with the damn remote.

2. Who cares, I diden't have by cc info there anyway. 

PC only now, I don't need your 2 year old games sony. 

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michaelnomad

If 9452 is that popular, then there must be some kind of joke/reference that I'm completely clueless about.

(I guess that's what happens when you get old... *sob*) 

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kixofmyg0t

Jessica Alba starred in a tv series called "Dark Angel", in the show her "designation" Was X5-452. I dont have a keypad near me but maybe it has something to do with that.....

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iwolbers

To store and access all my passwords I have been using LastPass for 3 months now and it's great not to mention free! https://lastpass.com/

I really recommend this to everyone, its a tool that you can use to store all your passwords. It will also generate random passwords for you (with or without special characters and at your desired length). You will just need to remember 1 master password (make it strong as possible and then remember it) to access your stored passwords which are can then automatically be populated on HTML pages like login screens. Best of all it is free and can be accessed online so even if you are not in front of your PC you can still get to your stored passwords and thus your protected online data.

There are also other pay for tools out there like Roboform but the free version of lastpass has worked just fine for me so far.

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aarcane

You know what would alleviate alot of the password woes?  Cryptographic Keys.  Seriously.  if all sites started using ssl certificates, then using a secure password would be alot less.

also, using a different password per service is infeasable, most people maintain 2-5 passwords, and use them based on some schema that suits them.  I use my weak password for new stuff, my medium password for games and forums, and my strong password for my master password, my e-mails, and my desktop.  I change them up periodically.  strong password changes every month, and the weak every year.  the medium changes whenever I feel up to it.

The last thing to note: Many services don't allow "special" characters in passwords.  I used an ampersand (&) in a password once, and windows domains wouldn't let me log in.  That one didn't last long.  Without universal password standards and specifications, it's difficult to pick a strong or medium password.

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Madcap_Magician

Where any personal information may be at risk, I always use a complex password.  But for the jumble of trivial logins (like this one), I use a very simple reorganization of a theme.  No need to make life more complicated than it needs to be.  I mean, is there any OTHER excuse to keep a Hotmail account?

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Holly Golightly

Ha ha!!!!! Wow... One thing is for certain... Passwords are annoying! Why do I have to type a password if it is my own personal computer? I wish there was, "do not add a password" option to online accounts. In otherwords, give us the luxury to go online if we are silly enough to risk our identities. Chances are, if they were to log in as me, there would not be much to steal from my computer. Just my social networking passwords, pictures, and songs. Maybe these simple passwords are a sign?

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Mortal_M

<quote>Why do I have to type a password if it is my own personal computer?</quote>

Well, sometimes the information you are trying to acces is not stored in your computer and that remote computer needs a way to know that it is you who is trying to acces your information and not some random person on a computer. :P

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Holly Golightly

But websites always use cookies to remember who you are. These cookies should always stay there if I click it to remember as so. I find passwords incredibly annoying and easy to forget at times.

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lunchbox73

It's so easy to make a strong password that you can remember. Just come up with a phrase you won't forget. For example:

I met my wife in 2003 at school. = ImmWi2oo3@$

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Rxpaul

+1 too, that is a very good idea!!!

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kixofmyg0t

+1

Very good point.

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lunchbox73

Another tip is your email password should be unique and very strong because if somebody gets into your email they will have ALL your passwords. What happens if you forget your password at a site? That's right, you get an email to reset it...

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