Password

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A set of characters used for authentication or identity. Computer passwords may be cracked by Brute Force and may be monitored. They play a key role in cryptography.

The use of shared community passwords is frustrating attempts to get web site visitors to register. This failure leads to problems for advertisers seeking confirmation of the number of views or page impressions that they are paying for.

Bad passwords

  • Any word in the dictionary (See Dictionary Attack)
  • Any personally identifyable information (such as phone numbers, pet's name, SSN, etc)
  • Common names or vernacular (sean, terry, mike - chillin, crunk, thebomb)
  • Less than 6 characters (see Brute Force Attack).

Good passwords

  • Difficult to guess but easily to remembered
  • As random as possible
  • At least 8 characters long
  • Include numbers, multiple-cases, characters, i.e. "P@j%N?3"
  • Plays on normal words (similar to hackerspeak):
    • "joinforces" = "J0iN4ces"
    • "skiptalk" = "5kIpT@lk"
    • "clubpork" = "K1uBp00rK"
  • Abbreviations for a phrase:
    • "tqbfjotld" = "The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dog"
    • "tbtilafk" = The Best Things In Life Are Free, Kid
    • "wawatyotn" = "We Are, We Are The Youth Of The Nation"

Attacks - attempts to undermine security

... Other Password Attacks

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