Re: Still me but starting over
But that last sentence isn't true, Jay. Brute-strength is the last tool they're going to use; only after all of the easier, faster approaches have failed.
Originally Posted by JayNos
IRL, they're going to start off with a dictionary approach - and you're going to be wide-open.
8 random characters = vulnerable only to brute-strength attack = 250 years to crack.
8 characters, words from a dictionnary or common passwords (ie, "qertyuio", "12345678", etc) = vulnerable to dictionary attack = 2 days to crack.
Add a ninth character, and the first scenario jumps to something like 50 thousand years; in the second scenario, it only adds a few fractions of a second.
My approach: memorize a phrase, and use the first (or 2nd, or whatever) letter from each word to make up your password.
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