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Windows 7: How strong is your password?

15 Feb 2011   #11

W7 Professional x64

My regular password is "strong", and 12 characters long. The shortest "best" password came from my random password algorithm, 20 characters in length.

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15 Feb 2011   #12
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Mine is weak.......Guess I better look into this tomorrow.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
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15 Feb 2011   #13

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Mine are as strong as my memory can manage.
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16 Feb 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I have maybe 3 passwords and their very strong, I just cant remember more than that.
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16 Feb 2011   #15
Julio Cortez

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 Windows XP SP3

The regular password that I use on my PC has been marked as "Best": after all I've used a form of (but not only) leetspeek made of numbers, special characters like pipes and both uppercase and lowercase letters
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16 Feb 2011   #16

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

I use the character map in Windows 7

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16 Feb 2011   #17
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Does that Microsoft page store the words typed into it, or are they purged? I think I'll just keep mine to myself for now
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16 Feb 2011   #18

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7

How strong is your password?-pass.png
My current password - would take years to find out the password (has numbers, uncommon letters)

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16 Feb 2011   #19

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi all
Even the most obvious of passwords is rendered almost uncrackable by typical Password "crackers" if you do something REALLY simple like prefixing a special character to your password.

Even something silly like Pa55word (note 5's not S's) is rendered very difficult to hack if you prefix it by a special character -- and even better also add another special character at the end.

Just try how long it takes your favourite Password cracker to crack


(That's not my password BTW)

You don't need to make all sorts of random and forgettable passwords which you probably store on a mobile phone or write down somewhere.

My trick allows you to use simple passwords wrapped by special characters which usually result in a medium to STRONG password. Ensure in the main password you have has at least one Upper Case letter.

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16 Feb 2011   #20

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

I have always wondered why many financial institutions and other security sites allow almost an unlimited try at entering a password. That's how those password crackers work, keep testing. I would like to see a 15-30 minute timeout after say 3 bad password trys. This way the computers who try 10,000 different passwords won't keep trying as it won't be worth their time. then after about 3 times the timeout it keeps expanding the time between trys.

Just an idea. Some financial institutions have implemented a 5 times and your out and then requires a phone call to the place to explain why you failed.

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