Do Complex Passwords Really Ensure Security?

by Barbara J. Feldman on May 11, 2011

Contrary to the commonly offered advice to use complex passwords to ensure security, Baekdal makes a good argument for using a more easily remembered password that is still very hard to guess by using phrases with spaces or dashes between the words. He gives examples by demonstrating how long it would take to crack a password such as “ergs43″ (8 months) versus the easier-to-remember phrase “fluffy is puffy” (39,637,200 years!) To learn more, read his article on Password Security and Usability.

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Feldman, Barbara. "Do Complex Passwords Really Ensure Security?." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 11 May. 2011. Web. 23 Oct. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/780/do-complex-passwords-really-ensure-security/ >.