Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Password is.....@y;}v%W$\5\

No, it's not a dirty word.  At least not that I'm aware of.  Instead it's a suggested password in a very interesting CNN article I read here.

According to the Georgia Institute of Technology, passwords are beginning to grow in length and the new standard being suggested is 12 characters long.  Yeah...what are we going to name the pets now?

However there is a method in their madness.  The group was able to crack the now standard 8 character password in two hours.   But using a 12 character password, especially using numbers and/or symbols if a site allows, it would take the team, using the same system, 17,134 years to crack your code!

So how in the world will we remember these strings of secrecy?  The suggestion was to form a sentence that was rather nonsensical....except to you, of course.  One of the suggestions was actually, "No, the capital of Wisconsin isn't Cheeseopolis!" 

It was an interesting read.  Prepare now, before 12 becomes mandatory.  And no, I'm guessing a sentence like, "I can't remember my stupid password!" isn't a good idea. 

17 comments:

Winifred said...

I have enough problems now! Thanks for this, very interesting!

Charlie said...

Great. Now I have to remember a nonsensical sentence. It'll never work for me, Hope: All my sentences are nonsensical.

Thanks for the help, though.

Thom said...

Well my dear sweet friend, check this out. I have different passwords for each site I go to and some are 50 characters long LOL. You ask me how I do it? Well maybe not, but I know that's the burning question in your mind right now. Well maybe not. You might not even give a rats ass. But I'm gonna tell you anyway. It is called 1Password. It is the best program out. It works great on all Browsers but the best part is It syncs my passwords on my iMac, iPad and iPhone so when I make a change it changes them on the other devices. How you may ask? Dropbox.com I couldn't live without this program. So if you decide to get it, mention me would ya if it wants you to. Maybe I might get something and then we can share the prize. WOOT!!! LOL yeah right

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

I always try to combine, Letters {Upper and Lower Case} Numbers and Symbols. SOme places won't let you use the Symbols.

Great Post Hope.

Fay's Too said...

The best chance one has of keeping one's privacy is to be so boring that no one wants to know your secrets.

Dan said...

I have so many passwords for everything now. My computer, my online banking, my work. Its driving me frigging nuts trying to remember them all.

How do you cope Hope?

Whats your system?

(I'm not trying to guess who to steal your identity by the way).

Cheryl said...

Hope, this might just work for me! I love making up words. Of course I'll need a reminder prompt so I can remember which made-up word I used...

Jerry said...

We list all of our passwords on a spreadsheet that we can refer to....but somehow I suspect keeping one's passwords in the computer defeats the purpose. Maybe when the retinal scan technology is available we won't have to worry about this anymore.

steven said...

well hope i guess that's inevitable. i love the idea of a sentence for a password though. that's got some real possibiities. steven

hope said...

Winifred; that's sort of how I felt.

Charlie: glad to see you, friend! I'm thinking of choosing something like, "You want me to remember what?!"
;)

Thom, will do.

Bill, it was interesting, even if it'll take me a while to build up to that.

Fay: amen!

Dan: I ask my computer to remember for me. Unfortunately, we both seem to forget at the same time. :) I know, I should place a printed list some place close by..but the temptation to put it next to the computer is too much! Maybe I'll just start using y'all's names. :)

Cheryl, same problem. Creative I am...remembering all of it, not so much. :)

Jerry, I like Fay's suggestion to just be too boring to attract attention. :)

Nessa said...

I can't remember my own name most days. Sheesh!

Monkey Man said...

I have so many passwords, that I am constantly clicking the "forgot your password? button. Funny stuff.

Warden Files said...

Dear lady, I thought I had the problem solved by using the Fibonacci numbers, but in a Gaelic reverse order with a double twist at the end for good measure.

I'm a lot older now, so the passwords tend to come from my various breakfast cereal packets. They do come in packs of 12, so I'm halfway there.

pilgrimchick said...

I hadn't seen this article--that is very interesting. Perhaps it will get to the point that using just letters and numbers isn't enough.

Titus said...

I'm not saying anything in case someone's hacking...

Doctor FTSE said...

I wonder how long the passwordCracker would take to decode a 12 character PWD that consisted of a single character repeated 12 times? No trouble remembering that! Remember . . computers are very fast and almost limitlessly stupid.

How do you prove they're stupid? Easy! They ALWAYS do what we tell them to do, not what we WANT them to do . . .

jabblog said...

Most interesting! I've cribbed Thom's method and may try it later. Then I'll get completely locked out of everything . . .