Secure For Life

by Christopher Paul on April 15, 2011

Thomas Baekdal looks at password complexity and security. It turns out that, using a brute force method, it would take 219 years to crack the password ‘J4fS<2’ – a set of random characters with mixed case, symbols, and numbers. Using the same method, the password ‘this is fun’ would take 1,163,859 years to crack.

While I’m surprised at the difference between the “simple” three word password and the one with numbers and symbols, the total character length is different. If one were to create an eleven character length password with mixed case, numbers & symbols and performed the same analysis, would the three words still be more secure? Any security experts want to weigh in?

The Usability of Passwords – Thomas Baekdal via The Brooks Review

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