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How secure is your password? GutteralMadh0u$e would take about 193 trillion years

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by , 12-20-2011 at 03:24 PM (13258 Views)
This is StrafeRight so I'm not going to insult anyone intelligence with writing about what makes a good password, there's far better folks than me out in the community who can offer guidance, hints & tips that have been shared.

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The hard part is trying to explain to friends and family that "Mittens" the family cat isn't the most secure of passwords; or going for something seemingly obscure like "hotdog" that's still just a word and incidentally a word that is in the top 310 most used passwords.

I learned about this website the other month http://howsecureismypassword.net/ and it provides a fun but practical way of demonstarting what makes a password harder to work out. Here's the result you get with "hotdog".

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If you add "tasty" at the, it increases to 169 days, substituting some numbers to get "hotdo9tast7" will take about 16 years to work out and "hotdo9tast7!!" gives a result of about 2 million years.

I emailed the developer to find out a bit more information - the site gets around a quarter of a million people using it each month and was created by Mark, a freelance web-developer, going under the company name Small Hadron Collider and based in Bristol in the UK.

So sure while you may not want to use your current passwords, and the developer Mark said it was really just for fun...it still lets you show how easy it is to make your password much harder to crack. Mark explained that "a 12 letter password isn't twice as secure as a 6 letter one, it's way way more secure (the difference between a second and 12 years for an all lower case password, and 3 minutes and 49 thousand years for a mixed case one)." Some of the assumptions made are debatable and so in future versions the ability to change these assumptions will be provided e.g. how many attempts per second the computer can make.

And if you can't think of any memorable phrases, or just have a few minutes spare, the sister site "Make me a Password" uses Wordnik to turn out such quality phrases like GutteralMadh0u$e or Tie6reaking$peed. The website starts with two words and you then choose to add numbers, special characters to get gems like Outp@cedTropo5phere, which would take about 88 quintillion years to work out.

So StrafeRight, who can better 88 quintillion years?
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  1. DigitalDD's Avatar
    I prefer using GRC's password haystacks page to check password security.

    https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

    Seriously though simply padding a simple password with characters repeated over and over can make it a lot more secure. And phrases are way better than words. Whats insane is that some financial institutions don't allow special characters in online passwords.
  2. Teck's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalDD
    I prefer using GRC's password haystacks page to check password security.

    https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

    Seriously though simply padding a simple password with characters repeated over and over can make it a lot more secure. And phrases are way better than words. Whats insane is that some financial institutions don't allow special characters in online passwords.
    The "Space" is also a good key to use...

    I.E., Imagine something like: "1 (With lots of spaces right here) 1"
  3. Tao's Avatar
    ugh, my go to password that i use for everything (yes, i know how wrong that is, but i'm lazy) is a 4 day hack
  4. Tulkas's Avatar
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  5. ohmigosh's Avatar
    Ah brilliant That was the image that had been posted in the forums a few months ago but I couldn't find it when writing this entry up - Thanks Tulkas!
    Tulkas likes this.

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