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Whose side are you on?

By Dan Hadaway | Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Leave a Comment

Did you know that automated software, called “Cracker Software,” can throw an entire dictionary at a login prompt in less than twenty seconds?  Because of that, we can’t use dictionary words if we want to use passwords less than 15 characters long.*

Meanwhile, studies prove that if you use a password that has six different factors,  it takes that same cracker software days, sometimes weeks, to guess your password.  Those six factors are as follows:

1)     At least eight characters

2)     Upper case text

3)     Lower case text

4)     Special Characters

5)     Numbers

6)     No Dictionary Words

The purpose of a strong password is to give the GOOD GUYS time to respond when BAD GUYS try guessing passwords.

So whose side are you on?

*Note:  studies are showing that if your password is fifteen characters long (or more), it takes weeks for cracker software to guess them.  This holds true no matter what other factors you use.  So if you don’t like to use passwords like [email protected]$sw^rd% consider using pass phrases like “morethan14characters”.

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