Off-Topic How SECURE is your password ?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Ichiban, Monday 10th Feb, 2014.

  1. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Everyone has a passwords for anything we do on the PC, but have you ever wondered how easily your password can be cracked with a few core of CPU power you will be surprised.

    Use this link https://howsecureismypassword.net/

    put your password you use for your banking or even the forum see how quickly it can be cracked.

    There are product like these Free high-performance MD5 password recovery with NVIDIA GPU acceleration with a few hundred cores which will blitz your password in seconds mine on the other hand will take a few billion years to crack,

    You guys know what to do :Wink:
     
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  2. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Well, I'm safe.

    Just to point out, on the AOC (and on the new Honda Karma site) we use a technique called "salting". In effect that means we take the plain text password and add a randomised string to it before encrypting. That means that even if someone tried to reverse the MD5 hash (encrypted password), they couldn't get back your plain text password in the fashion that CJ outlined above.

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    I've got a little trick to share that I use to remember secure passwords, it involves making a pattern that only you know, and appears random to anyone that gets a hold of your password.

    Make one secure string with letters, numbers and symbols:

    Pick part of the name of the site/product the password is for, an example is choosing the pattern with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th letters. For Honda Karma:

    Further randomise it in some way, maybe make the last letter a capital:

    Then add it somewhere amongst your initial password:

    Then just repeat the pattern for different sites:

    You now just have one password to remember, and every site is unique. I used a basic pattern for the different sites in the example but of course you can make it more complex so that each password appears more unique even though it follows a pattern :Thumbup:
     
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  3. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Thanks for that info DD, we now know how to hack all your accounts LOL.
     
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  4. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    48 thousand years for a PC to figure mine out

    Fairly chuffed with that
     
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  5. AccordCU2 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Mine says it would take octillion (Whatever that is) years to crack.
    Not bad I would've thought.
     
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  6. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    meet the :Yoda:of passwords

    we are not worthy The Zeus Meister

    :king:
     
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  7. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I was pretty careful to not say how I do it myself :PullFaces:
     
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  8. Phil1978 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    412 years, better up my game a bit.
     
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  9. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    It's worth nothing that the site is quoting off what it considers to be the average power of a desktop PC. Utilise a EC2 cloud instance from Amazon or any cloud computing platform for that matter, and you'll see years become days.
     
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