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Old 10-21-2007, 08:05 PM   #1
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Do you have a strong password?

We got an email last week at work that they will be requiring us to change our passwords if they are not "strong".


A strong password must be:

At least 8 characters long
Include 3 of the following 4 different types of characters:
upper case letters (A-Z)
lower case letters (a-z)
numbers (0-9)
keyboard symbols ($#*_+&)



Do you have a strong password? I don't.


Guess I have some work to do.
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:13 PM   #2
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My password is 19 characters long, includes lowercase, uppercase, spaces, and a number, bwahaha!

Our requirements (for the college) are minimum 15 characters, minimum 2 character sets (upper + lower, or lower+numbers, etc), must be changed once a year (they expire and you cannot use an old one), and you cannot repeat the same character more than 3 times in a row (ie, no AAAAAAAAAaaaaaa).

It takes hacking programs minutes to crack up to a 10 character password (which I can say with certainty b/c we've had it happen twice now). It would take nearly 3 years to crack a 15 character password, and our expire after one year.
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:14 PM   #3
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nope. I'd never remember it if I followed those guidelines!
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:18 PM   #4
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I follow one of those guidelines for Interland.

My other sites and msn use the similar password, but the numbers are different for each one.
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:31 PM   #5
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I have the same password for everything, but it's a phrase, and no one would ever get it in a million years, so I feel OK about it. It's nothing significant, in fact it really means nothing, which makes it a perfect password.
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Yep, that's the best way to remember, just use a phrase and type it like a sentence.

"I hate long passwords!"

There you go
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We have to use strong passwords at work. Usually, I can remember them.
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Yes I have a strong password!!!

It's blucrAk9$


Doh!!
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Yep, I do.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:15 PM   #10
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Yep, that's the best way to remember, just use a phrase and type it like a sentence.

"I hate long passwords!"

There you go
Yeah, something like "fucktheeagleslostagain" is perfect for a password. And currently accurate.

Tell Phil to add Andy Reid to his Christmas Card list.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:27 PM   #11
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yes, almost all of my passwords are strong. the only ones that aren't are accounts i don't care about anyway.

my work password is required to be strong anyway.
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Yep, mine is as well, though I do use the same password for everything...
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:44 PM   #13
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Everything that involves money is different.
For forums etc. I use the same, but not really a strong. Six letters, lower and upper case.
For other pages I've created new ones, with signs and numbers and everything.
It's not a word, just what came to my mind, and then I type it in.
They are written on a little piece of paper, so if someone broke into my flat I would have to do some work. But when I'm gone I take the paper with me or place it at a secure place. I usually remember passwords after using them a few times.

If the page you are on uses a good encryption when you type in your password it doesn't need to be such a strong password as it's more or less impossible to hack that encryption if I'm not mistaken.
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Yeah, something like "fucktheeagleslostagain" is perfect for a password. And currently accurate.
HAha! But, you only have on character set (lower case), so it's not strong enough
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HAha! But, you only have on character set (lower case), so it's not strong enough
fucktHeeagleslostagain8

That should do it.
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