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

08 Nov 2010   #31
si8mon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Here's a Microsoft password strength site.

https://www.microsoft.com/protect/fr...c_id=Site_Link

Dont know how good it is though, as my password is all lower-case letters and it rates my password as "strong".


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11 Nov 2010   #32
madtownidiot

 

A strong password is a password that meets the following guidelines:

  • Is a multiple of seven characters long, due to the way in which encryption works. For obvious reasons, at least fourteen characters are preferable.
  • Contain both uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Contain numbers.
  • Contain symbols, such as ` ! " ? $ ? % ^ & * ( ) _ - + = { [ } ] : ; @ ' ~ # | \ < , > . ? /
  • Contain a symbol in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth position (due to the way in which encryption works).
  • Not resemble any of your previous passwords.
  • Not be your name, your friend's or family member's name, or your login.
  • Not be a dictionary word or common name, even if it's misspelled
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11 Nov 2010   #33
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I'm in the 5% ...
Phrase plus
Contain both uppercase and lowercase letters.
Contain numbers.
Contain symbols, such as ` ! " ? $ ? % ^ & * ( ) _ - + = { [ } ] : ; @ ' ~ # | \ < , > . ? /
Contain a symbol in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth position (due to the way in which encryption works).
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12 Nov 2010   #34
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
97% of the password decryptors will fail even if you do something really simple like just putting an ! as the 1st character in your password.

You don't need convoluted or impossible to remember passwords -- just start with a NON alphanumeric charcter and mix upper and lower case plus have a numeral or two.

Use standard "Roman" letters and symbols if you travel since you might not be able to type "National" characters on a keyboard at a Work computer at logon time if you work outside your own country.

Cheers

jimbo
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