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How Secure Are Your Passwords?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by P. Aaron, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

  2. So are we expected to follow your link and start typing in our passwords? Yeah.....no.
  3. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
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  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Not at all. If you have one you're thinking of using, type it and see what the site has to say about its security.

    I found it more amusing than serious.
  5. Depending on which one I use it would take between 6 days and 71 thousand years.
  6. Typing sentences is apparently the best way to go.

    thisisacommonpassword takes 65 trillion years

    Add a 1, and it's 2 quintillion years

    Add a ? to that, and it's 1 septillion years.
  7. ...This has never occurred to me. I feel a bit less smart :(.
  8. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    One of my passwords would take 769 years, another one would take 36 billion years.

    I'm pretty sure mine are pretty solid lol.
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    in most cases, I think that the passwords we choose and use are fairly secure.

    What seems to have vulnerabilities these days are the allegedly 'secure sites' where we make purchases via-credit cards and such.
  10. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008

    It would take a desktop PC
    About 979 trillion years
    to hack your password

    wow....gonna have to start using sentences...thanks for the tip.
  11. jabsys


    Mar 30, 2011
    It would take a desktop PC
    About 180 duovigintillion years
    to hack your password

    Guess I'm safe :)
  12. Its amazing how quickly the time to crack goes up when you get past 8 characters; dictionary words or not.
  13. Hi.

    It's all based on the assumption that the codes are cracked by computers. If someone wants to know YOUR password, and is dedicated to that task, things get much easier.

    L33t is pretty secure, especially in sentences.

  14. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Yup, sentences make the best passwords... and are easier to remember than r435tYpO
  15. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    "L33tisprettysecureespeciallyinsentences" would take a PC about 1 septendecillion years to hack.
  16. Hi.


    Should've seen that one coming.

  17. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    This is a great explanation of why sentences are better than "clever" short passwords. It really is a size thing.
    xkcd: Password Strength
  18. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    "www.google.com" as a password would take ~17 million years :)
  19. I tested this web site a week ago using a permutation of my real password(s). Good to use long numbers and #\}@* odd characters, indeed. And a capital letter, too.
  20. My name written out as a single word would take 5 million years to crack. Hmmmm..... :smug:

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