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RE: Suggested "safe" password length
From: Kenneth Buchanan <K.Buchanan () Kastenchase com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 12:15:21 -0500


:)  I was waiting for someone to mention this.

Bruce Schneier advocates this approach:
"My wallet is already a secure container; it has valuable things in it, and
I have a lifetime of experience keeping it safe. Adding a piece of paper
with my passwords seems like a natural thing to do."
http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/030902/244/e7d3m.html

It actually makes a lot of sense.  A cryptic 'hard to remember' password
tends to be far more difficult to brute force, so why not just go with it,
have people write it down, and instruct them to keep the paper safe?  It
becomes a little like an authentication token.

As someone else pointed out, once they've entered it a certain number of
times they will remember it anyway, at which point they won't have to pull
out their wallets every time they need to log in.


-----Original Message-----
From: Anders Reed-Mohn [mailto:anders_rm () utepils com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 8:19 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Suggested "safe" password length



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert & Marina Mantle" <rwmantle () rogers com>
    True, although best practices suggest a password of at least 8
characters, too long a password and users will have a tendency of writing
them down rather than attempt to commit them to memory.


Well,  why not just let them write it down?
Put it on a piece of paper, and let them keep it in their wallet (not under
the
keyboard, naturally).

I mean..  banks trust this approach, why can't we?

Cheers,
Anders :)


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