Easier Way to Generate and Remember Passwords

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  1. InTheLight

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    The new direction is one that champions less complexity in favor of length.

    Passwords that once looked like this: [email protected]!, can now be this: mycatlikesreadinggarfieldinthewashingtonpost.

    Requiring longer passwords, known as passphrases, usually 16 to 64 characters long, is increasingly seen as a potential escape route from our painful push toward logins that only a cryptographer could love.

    A series of studies from Carnegie Mellon University confirmed that passphrases are just as good at online security because hacking programs are thrown off by length nearly as easily as randomness. To a computer, poetry or simple sentences can be just as hard to crack. Even better: People are less likely to forget them.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-technology:homepage/card
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    About 3 months ago I started using the password manager program/app "LastPass" which requires you to remember one master password and then LastPass generates a random password for each site that you need a password. It's kind of a cool way to do passwords, you only need to remember one password and you don't even know the passwords form the various other sites.

    For my master password I use the first few words from a favorite Bible Verse along with the chapter and verse.

    Examples:
    InTheBeginning11
    BeholdIStand320
    JesusWept1135

    I suppose using the method described in the article one could quote a portion of a verse or even the whole verse.
     
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  2. Deacon

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    :SneakyUnfortunately I have to follow the rules set by the IT department.


    10 characters
    2 have to be numbers
    2 have to be upper case
    No repeats of previous phrases for 8 password changes

    Signing in at work is a chore.

    1. Open computer (first letter and last name) and a password
    2. Clock in at work (full first and last name [no space] and password [changes ever 6 weeks]
    3. Open Program Neighborhood (nickname and last name [no space] and password [changes every 3 months]
    4. Open Electronic Medical Records (EMR) (first letter of first name and last name [no space], password and location code)
    5. Open Document Management System (first letter of first name and last name [no space], password and location code)​

    Computer shuts the programs down after 10 minutes - and stress tests take about 15 to 20 minutes.

    I probably spend 15 minutes or more a day just signing in.

    But to make things easier to remember I have a paper near the computer with all my current passwords.
    :Whistling :Biggrin :eek: :Rolleyes :Sneaky :Tongue

    Rob
     
  3. Smyth

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    The advice in the OP is moot, given common password requirements. And, is it really any better to have a super-long password that's easy to remember but takes an annoyingly long time to type and offers ample opportunity to mistype.

    If I wanted to get onto your account, could I call your IT dept. and tell them "I forget my password" and have them reset it to, say, part of your social security number which I could probably get fairly easily on-line somewhere?

    Could I maybe leave a fake login screen on an unoccupied PC and then you come to log in, I'll get your password?

    Is your password really so secure? Test it with this link: https://howsecureismypassword.net/
     

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