Password power, what you’re up against

Posted Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 5:29 pm by: JS No Comments  

We’ve talked a few times about password strength and the need for a powerful password, but wanted to take a little time to talk about what you’re up against. When considering a password, it’s not so much about picking a subject matter that only you would know. While this can help you remember your password, it is far more important to choose a complicated string of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols. The reason being is that you’re not up against a person who is simply trying to “guess” your password. Instead, they (or an automated “bot” they’ve written), use a sophisticated set of tools and tricks to break the code. The longer and more complicated your password is, the harder it is for these techniques to work effectively.

Here’s a link to a fascinating article that outlines these techniques in great detail:
arstechnica.com/…/passwords-under-assault

Also, below are a few examples of strong passwords:
R0bOt5aR3c0()L
ge7tH3DeL0r43nTo88
w3-ReG0nNa/\/33DaB1gG3rB04T

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JS has grown up around computers and has developed a wealth of end-user experience. Technology interests include robotics, vintage video games, music gear, multimedia software, home security and Internet security.

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