Did you know that Windows supports using passwords of up to 127
characters? I don’t use passwords anymore, and I haven’t for years. I’ve
switched to using password phrases instead.
Why do I use password phrases?
- Why would you want to remember a password like 2%d7as$d when you
could just remember a sentence like “nsync sucks giant monkey balls” or
“I hate my ex-wife!” or “Holy hell does this job ****!”
- You can use uppercase, lowercase, special characters, or even
spaces… but you are using them in context, which makes it much more
natural to remember.
- Post-it notes on your monitor are not secure. Sorry.
- Even the most efficient forms of password cracking, using
pre-computed rainbow tables, will never be able to crack a
password with 20 or more characters.
These days, windows passwords can be cracked in no more than a few
seconds. If somebody can get physical access to your machine, they can
boot off one of the hacker tool cds available all over the internet, and
they will typically have your password in seconds, if they know what
they are doing.
Even with brute force cracking, there is no possible way that you can
crack a password that long. Even if somebody had the super computing
power to do so, hopefully you change your password every few months or
It may be difficult to use password phrases on other operating
systems, or especially on websites, because they don’t properly handle
spaces in the password, or have a small password length limit. One of
the tricks that I usually do is use a password phrase without the
spaces, if I possibly can.
So go change your password now