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Windows 7: Short passwords 'hopelessly inadequate', say boffins

21 Aug 2010   #21
Anthony

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Posting this for anyone that might struggle coming up with a password: Strong Password Generator


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21 Aug 2010   #22
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Carl,

I prefer to think of them more like car and house alarms - they tend to stop the opportunist thief, and even the more determined is more likely to move along to the next more easily accessable target.

One other thing I tend to do is not advertise - full stealth on systems means that as far as the outside world is concerned my system does not exist. To use the above analogy - I draw the shades when I'm not at home
You are correct. Predators generally look for the easiest targets - unless they know you have something they specifically want. And, most certainly, the more stealthy, the better.
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21 Aug 2010   #23
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

I use several different languages, it helps quite a bit. I'd love some software to test how solid they actually are.
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21 Aug 2010   #24
Twibitsu

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fastboy42 View Post
If my 21 digit alpha numeric passwords are inadequate, then I think somethings terribly wrong .
How on earth do you remember your password?

I tend to use 12 digit passwords, but I'm so demented I always struggle to remember them all
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21 Aug 2010   #25
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You could use something like Keepass (pro version - free). Can generate strong passwords with it. Save them in a database that's encrypted, so you don't have to remember them in your head. There's even a addon for Firefox (Keefox) if you used that. Saves the trouble of having to copy/paste them in all the time. Takes a little getting used to at first, not that complicated though.

Here's a write up on it from another member:Password Security Tip
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21 Aug 2010   #26
EnNajmy

Windows 7
 
 

It's very easy to make a strong password , for example you can make a normal phrase and then convert it manually to a very strong password like My Birth Day is on 29th November , the password would be MbDi=29NoV!
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21 Aug 2010   #27
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

+1 Good tip, Aaron.
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21 Aug 2010   #28
EnNajmy

Windows 7
 
 

These are some useful websites related to passwords :

1- Password Strength Checker
This website tells you how strong your password is with a detailed and easy to understand analysis .

2- How Secure Is My Password ?
This website tells the estimated time it would take to crack your password

I hope you like them
Regards
EnNajmy
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22 Aug 2010   #29
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
You could use something like Keepass (pro version - free). Can generate strong passwords with it. Save them in a database that's encrypted, so you don't have to remember them in your head. There's even a addon for Firefox (Keefox) if you used that. Saves the trouble of having to copy/paste them in all the time. Takes a little getting used to at first, not that complicated though.

Here's a write up on it from another member:Password Security Tip
I've always been a little leery of the password vault type software, the same as I am of system advisor programs (like Belarc). I'm always a little suspicious of what they are doing in my machine, and if they have a back door that can be exploited.

Speaking of Belarc, I once wound up at a site that had thousands of Windows XP keys posted, all courtesy of Belarc Advisor. I'm sure it wasn't Belarc's intention for that info to be there, but somehow it was uploaded.
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22 Aug 2010   #30
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EnNajmy View Post
These are some useful websites related to passwords :

1- Password Strength Checker
This website tells you how strong your password is with a detailed and easy to understand analysis .

2- How Secure Is My Password ?
This website tells the estimated time it would take to crack your password

I hope you like them
Regards
EnNajmy

Just a general note. I would not trust any website,, none, with typing in my passwords too.

You can download KeePass and get enough information about the strength of your password without sending any sensitive information across the web like that.

and it will save and protect it as well so you don't lose it and it's not out in the open.

I would not use the FF one, but KeePass I am not leary of.
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