A better way to think about passwords

Mark H. Wood mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Tue Apr 19 16:14:31 CEST 2011

Well, memory seems to be a highly individual thing.  Mine is not so
good in some ways, and I've had to learn to search for the kinds of
patterns that I find memorable.

Frequent use helps too: I've learned to put repeating "touching base"
notes on my calendar to make me learn passwords to things which are
infrequently accessed but urgent when I do need them.  (I don't put
the passwords in the calendar, of course!)

Incidentally, I've sometimes substituted a mechanical nonsense word
into a phrase, mostly just to satisfy some nag about "you should
switch to a passphrase".  So I wound up with things like:

  Paul McCartney fakbetyest Abbey Road Studios

I don't expect it to be much stronger than the nonsense word alone,
but perhaps it will encourage a complex cracker to waste time on
clever shortcuts before falling back to brute force.  These I find
more or less equally memorable as the word alone.

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood at IUPUI.Edu
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