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What is a secure password?

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Any password can be cracked, given enough time. All you’re doing when you choose a nice strong password – 20 characters, say, with upper- and lowercase, numerals and symbols – is slow down would-be attackers. Make it complex enough and it might take them an aeon or two to crack it. Even if they’re the NSA. That’s assuming, of course,… Read more »

Bad password advice

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In the December issue of Computer Fraud & Security, an article by Prof Steven Furnell – ‘Assessing password guidance and enforcement on leading websites‘ – presents some fascinating original research into the password practices of various leading websites – and also paints a somewhat worrying picture. In the article, Prof Furnell, of the University of Plymouth, follows up on earlier research looking… Read more »