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“How to write a password that takes over 35 quadrillion years to crack (but is easy to remember)”

Discussion in 'Computers' started by ^updated^, Mar 26, 2016.



  1. ^updated^

    ^updated^ found a way in Silver Miner

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    birddog Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Thanks for the link! That is a handy one to keep around
     
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    Professur Midas Member Midas Member Site Supporter ++

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    I've been teaching the same technique forever. Take a personal core. Say your grandmother's middle name. Something you'll never forget, but nobody else will connect. Then take the name of the system you're logging into ... Goldismoney. Put them together. BernadetteGoldIsMoney. Then Leet it. That's replacing letters with familiar numbers. O replaced with 0, i with 1, T with 7 and so on. Then move capitals in a set number of characters ... giving you b3rn4d3773g0ld1Sm0n3y. You can add punctuation and special characters as you like and as the system will allow. BTW ... that looks nothing like mine ... I've got a few other tricks up my sleeve, and some of the characters common in my passwords don't actually appear on the keyboard. Hell ... it just occurred to me ... I don't even know my grandmother's middle name.
     
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    birddog Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    OR another is to take a phrase that you would never forget like Twinkle, twinkle little star how I wonder what you are. And condense it to ttlshiwwya and then punctuation and numbers Ttl5h1wwy@ they you go. That one rates 6 years to crack....
     
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    SheepDog68 Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    My favorite is a meaningful phrase mixed with a date or year I'm unlikely to forget mixed with transposed letters. E=3, O=0 (zero),S=$, I=*, A=@ ect.

    SheepDog = Sh33pD0g
    Goldismoney = G0ld*$m0n3y

    Ect.

    SD
     
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    Mujahideen Black Member Midas Member

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    its good to have more than 1 pw, you don't want all the eggs in 1 basket.
     
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    I do something very similar.

    :beer:
     
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    searcher Mother Lode Found Site Supporter ++ Mother Lode

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    Use a different one for each and every site & forum.
     
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    oldgaranddad Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter ++

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    I tell all my users to draw a shape (square, triangle, diamond, parallelogram, etc.) on the keyboard with one side of the shape in uppercase letters and the shape at least touching the top row for a special character. Works like a charm for those systems that require compound complex passwords (even with 2 factor authentication).

    The downside with this method is that when I have a executive go overseas I have to remember to send them packing with a QWERTY keyboard diagram so they can remember their passwords overseas. That, and to educate them that letters with umlauts, diaeresis, tremas, tildes, etc. are not the same letter as those without such marks.
     
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    This is one of my old passwords, luckily I change it every couple of days just in case.

    T46ru7-aW8WruS|aCR$+!kenENeda-WEG$qe:hestAp#eve!et%aw-cr~de_r2n(Tr8HA?7_65B*-Br_qE64c4afRA*a+eka
     
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    earplugs Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    password: password

    :dduck:
     
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    SheepDog68 Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    My boss set up a password that was meaningful to him, but looked about like the above to the rest of us! We complained to no avail to make something we could all work with.

    A couple days later some shadowy figure set his password as the screensaver and ended the dreaded password from hell once and for all!

    SD
     
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    & username: user
     
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    Fjpod Silver Member Silver Miner

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    I always thought you were supposed to use: enter and enter.
     
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