Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:28 UTC
Bugs & Viruses If you want to ensure you have adequate passwords but don't have the time or interest to study the topic, there's a useful basic article on how to devise strong passwords over at the NY Times. It summarizes key points in 9 simple rules of thumb. Also see the follow-up article for useful reader feedback. Stay safe!
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RE[10]: make 'm long
by kwan_e on Mon 12th Nov 2012 12:13 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: make 'm long"
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As I've stated before, attackers will use routines such as dictionary attacks to gain access to as many accounts as they can with as little effort as they can. Then worry about using a "blunter" brute force routine to catch the remainder should they need to.


Since that's the strategy, it doesn't really make passphrases any less secure since they're just going to attack a whole lot of accounts and get as much as they can. There will always be people with weak passphrases.

There's nothing stopping crackers from targeting password hash generators either.

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