Limit of maximum password length

Christopher J. Walters cwal989 at
Tue Oct 30 01:00:39 CET 2012

On 10/27/2012 02:54 AM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> No, I don't.  I think that using passphrases longer than about 80
> characters shows you don't understand the problem.  :)

Yes, and only a savant could memorize even an 80 character passphrase.

> A 1024-character passphrase is so long I doubt you could memorize it

Well you could if you replaced you brain with a computer. ;)  Though, then
you'd have to protect your brain against hacking attacks, as well.

> ===
> rjh at flynn:~$ gpg --armor --gen-random 2 16
> 5FNsIpmx8UYa8lz/qWYEag==
> ===
> That "5FNsIpmx..." is an example of a 128-bit passphrase.  That's the
> gold standard for passphrases.

Good idea.  It'll work on any system that will run GnuPG, and produce pretty
secure passphrases.  I still can't get over the 1024+ character passphrase.  I
could *never* remember something that long.


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