Oh, sure, just what you wanted to read, another stupid blog about password security (or lack thereof). I’m sure you want to read this about as much as I want to write it – but I think it’s important.
If you are like me, you have read countless articles about the most commonly used passwords, blah, blah, blah. How is it that year after year ‘123456’ tops the list?
How is that possible?
Thankfully we are moving into an era of two-factor authentication. Codes texted to mobile devices, fingerprint identification, and facial recognition are becoming more common, but for now, the norm is still the dreaded password.
Security experts have analyzed passwords that have been hacked and published in the public domain and have found that the most common passwords are typically six (6) characters in length. One company in particular (Keeper Security) looked at 10 million passwords that were leaked due to data breaches last year and found that ‘123456’ was used 17% of the time. And we wonder why we have so many data breaches.
Computing power increases in magnitude ever year – which means the time it takes to brute force attack a password decreases every year. A six-character password just doesn’t cut it anymore.
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Do you want to keep your credentials safe?
Use a passphrase, not a password. Try combining several unrelated words together. I know what you’re thinking “but how am I going to remember these words if they are unrelated?” Easy, relate the words so that they are unique to YOU not EACH OTHER. For instance, take something you love and combine it with something you hate. Like a favorite food and a sports team, you loathe. ‘pizzadallascowboys’ is a sufficiently long password. Replace a few letters with numbers, special characters and add caps and ‘Pizz@DallasC0wb0ys’ is a quality password.
As you can see – there is plenty password security of options and no excuses for bad passwords. Given what we know about individual’s tendencies in setting up passwords, I guess we do need a reminder about password security.
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About the author:
John Castrege is the Security Systems Administrator for Campus Safety at Haverford & Bryn Mawr Colleges and holds a Bachelor of Science from York College of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Software Engineering from Penn State University.