[website] Test Your Password Strength @ How Secure is My Password

2 07 2010

How Secure Is My Password? is a good place to test out how good your current password is, and if like me, one of your password is one of the 500 most common passwords then it’s high time you change your password. The strength of your password is measure by how many seconds, hours, days & years it might take for a desktop to break it, and the scariest part is due to moore’s law, those numbers get shorter every 1.5 years.

[ How Secure Is My Password? via Lifehacker ]

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[read] How Someone Will Hack Your Weak Password

31 03 2010

Found a great writeup on the typical ways someone will crack your password. According to the article, there is a top 10 list which will cover approximately 20% of the folks out there.

  1. Your partner, child, or pet’s name, possibly followed by a 0 or 1 (because they’re always making you use a number, aren’t they?)
  2. The last 4 digits of your social security number.
  3. 123 or 1234 or 123456.
  4. “password”
  5. Your city, or college, football team name.
  6. Date of birth – yours, your partner’s or your child’s.
  7. “god”
  8. “letmein”
  9. “money”
  10. “love”

They even tell you where you can get the top 10 free brute force attack password cracker, which makes the article even more interesting.

What really caught my attention is the table which tabulates the password length vs the time it takes to crack your password along with if you were to use all combination of alpha numberic and special character (like a lot of website suggest).

All these information here is not to teach you how to hack into someone else’s account but to educate you on how one additional special character in your password will create hell for those who really wants to access your account by force. That’s my take.

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