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Windows 7: Only Five Percent of Users Have Non-Letter Characters in Their Passwor

06 Nov 2010   #11
madtownidiot

 

On the computer that has my business records and other important info: bios startup PW, HDD PW, 20+ digit trucrypt PW, 20+ digit account password, 2048 bit encryption on the RAID array.


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06 Nov 2010   #12
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Maybe this is old news to most, but I got away from passwords a while back. I decided to use an easily remembered (for me) pass-phrase instead and reduce it down to upper/lower case letters, numbers and special characters. For example, the phrase "A quick brown fox jumped over one lazy dog" could be reduced to: @qBfJO1Ld. Make your own pass phrase as long as you want for added security and customize it for each website by adding a prefix, suffix, or something in the middle. Again as an example, for this forum I could add w7F or W7f and my password could be @qBfJO1LdW7f. Just some food for thought.
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06 Nov 2010   #13
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
On the computer that has my business records and other important info: bios startup PW, HDD PW, 20+ digit trucrypt PW, 20+ digit account password, 2048 bit encryption on the RAID array.
Oh I forgot to mention my BIOS password. Also different from any other password I use. I only have one because laptops and other electronics get stolen at my school from time to time and if it happens to my computer, I really want to the person to be annoyed when they try to use it.
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06 Nov 2010   #14
madtownidiot

 

Account passwords don't matter if you don't encrypt important files (or the entire system) and lock the BIOS and the HDD with a password.. especially with a laptop. It takes about 10 seconds to boot nearly any laptop into linux with a USB flash drive (which will bypass any account passwords), then start copying files to an external. (which is probably part of the reason the university uses MacBooks) Very few people have the skill needed to crack a bios password protected HDD. Even that isn't always going to prevent a thief from simply replacing the HDD, resetting BIOS and reinstalling windows, but if you use bitlocker, combined with the more secure encryption in truecrypt, and don't keep the backup keys stored anywhere near the laptop itself.. at least important files won't be compromised. I doubt anyone outside of law enforcement or the NSA would know how to crack a truecrypt protected HDD without the recovery key.
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06 Nov 2010   #15
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Maybe this is old news to most, but I got away from passwords a while back. I decided to use an easily remembered (for me) pass-phrase instead and reduce it down to upper/lower case letters, numbers and special characters. For example, the phrase "A quick brown fox jumped over one lazy dog" could be reduced to: @qBfJO1Ld. Make your own pass phrase as long as you want for added security and customize it for each website by adding a prefix, suffix, or something in the middle. Again as an example, for this forum I could add w7F or W7f and my password could be @qBfJO1LdW7f. Just some food for thought.
I guess i build mine on that way either, telling myself inside a "real stupid" sentence to remember, making my own pass.
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06 Nov 2010   #16
madtownidiot

 

close your eyes and type a password with your fingers deliberately on the wrong keyboard row. (only works if you learned the wrong way to type and always use the left shift button.)
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06 Nov 2010   #17
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
close your eyes and type a password with your index fingers deliberately on the wrong keyboard row. (only works if you learned the wrong way to type and always use the left shift button.)
Can yu post an example?
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06 Nov 2010   #18
madtownidiot

 

8e0h53f3hih02j60qww204e =
idontevenknowmypassword
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06 Nov 2010   #19
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote:
(only works if you learned the wrong way to type and always use the left shift button.)
humm...i can't have it working
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06 Nov 2010   #20
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Quote:
(only works)
humm...i can't have it working
I should clarify. It will only work intuitively if you learned the wrong way to type and always use the left shift button. It will still work if you know how to type without looking at he keyboard but don't always use the left shift key exclusively. Closing your eyes while you type makes it less likely the you will hesitate and try to correct the "error". It can be done while you're looking at the keys, but that increases the likelihood of creating a password you'll never be able to duplicate even if you remember the phrase it's based on because of the semiconscious tendency to automatically aim for the key you're thinking of as you type it.

another way is to have just one hand on the wrong key row

then you get:
IDontEvenKnowWhatMyPasswordIs =
IEon5#f3nKno2@hqrMyPqww24eIw or
*D0htEvejIh0wWyatJ6)assw0rd*s
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