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RE: Suggested "safe" password length
From: "CHRIS GRABENSTEIN" <LFGRABC () LF VCCS EDU>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 11:59:26 -0500

Or just use a whole phrase as your password.  An 8-digit password using a mix
of upper/lower case, numbers, and symbols (94 possibilities I believe unless
you use ALT+XXX characters) has 6,095,689,385,410,816 possibilities.  A
14-digit passphrase using only upper and lower case letters has
1,056,931,425,538,820,521,590,784 possibilities.  Use more than 14 digits and
I don't believe the password will even be stored in an LM hash making it even
more secure.

|-----Original Message-----
|From: Rodrigo Otaviano [mailto:rodrigo () otaviano com] 
|Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 8:08 PM
|To: security-basics () securityfocus com
|Subject: Re: Suggested "safe" password length
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|In-Reply-To: <059901c3aaa2$b3cf5880$1100a8c0 () dtg17>
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|Another good way to generate a password is by memorizing a 
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|long phrase and then picking the first letters of each word.
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|For example: "it's been 4 years since my graduation!"
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|The password would be" Isb4ysmg!"
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|At first sight it sounds like strange but it's very easy to remember 
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|once you've memorized the phrase. Of course, it would be 
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|interesting to mix both letters and numbers.
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|Rodrigo Otavio Paes de Barros Otaviano

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