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Windows 7: Password life expectancy down to seconds


16 Jan 2013   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Password life expectancy down to seconds

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The time an end-user spends devising a password this year will be longer than the life expectancy of that password, according to Deloitte Canada.

The research organization said Monday that 90% of user-generated passwords would be relevant for mere seconds under pressure from hackers. Those passwords include so-called strong passwords, which are typically eight characters or more.


Read more at source:
Password life expectancy down to seconds | ZDNet


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16 Jan 2013   #2

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

It was bound to happen. Many times a site that requires a password sets arbitrary standards such as no more than 8 characters, the characters can only be upper case letters, lower case letters, or numbers, etc. I don't know the mechanics involved, but why can't special characters (found on a keyboard) or extra-special characters found in Character Map be used? Including Wingdings.
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22 Jan 2013   #3

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Surely, with passwords having to be set to a certain standard, will reduce the security of the entire password, and the entire purpose of a password?
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06 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How about a pictorial cryptography password. That should last a minute or so.
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06 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
xkcd

Here's an old comic about this issue:
xkcd: Password Strength
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06 Feb 2013   #6

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

I have VeriFace on my laptop not sure it works that well though .
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06 Feb 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Here's an old comic about this issue:
xkcd: Password Strength
That's true
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