A better way to think about passwords

Devin Fisher lists at meumonus.com
Thu Apr 21 14:56:43 CEST 2011

If you leave it up a user, they'll choose nothing, or the last four of the social. There should be criteria, but not public criteria.
------Original Message------
From: Nicholas Cole
Sender: gnupg-users-bounces at gnupg.org
To: gnupg-users at gnupg.org
Subject: Re: A better way to think about passwords
Sent: Apr 21, 2011 4:09 AM

Isn't the real problem that *any* policy (suggested or enforced)
reduces the complexity of guessing a password?  The moment you start
saying "pick three words separated by a space or dash" or "pick eight
random letters" or the like you make it easier to attack a password.
My employer insists on passwords that meet a defined and public set of
criteria.  I'm sure that in theory that actually makes them easier to
crack, since many millions of possibilities can be discounted.

In short: don't force a particular strategy on your users.  Much
better to explain to users the general problem, and then leave it up
to them to pick a password.


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