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Passwords Are Failing, Security Pros Say
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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
3/19/2016 | 6:53:55 AM
password policy
Rather than reinvent the wheel, we need to rethink password policy.

It's much more difficult for a dictionary attack to successfully brute force, say, "WhetherTisNoblerInTheMindToSufferTheSlingsAndArrows" than it is to brute force, say, "sHake$pear3_" (and also the first one is far more memorable) -- and yet most organizations discourage the former password and encourage the latter password.

There are also tricks you can use to keep your password memorable but still keep it less hackable (after all, hackers like low-hanging fruit).  It goes to training.

Multi-factor authentication isn't bad either -- but keyword = "MULTI."  Replacing passwords wholesale with something else (like biometrics) will just lead to problems.
macker490
macker490,
User Rank: Ninja
3/19/2016 | 7:30:46 AM
ask the FBI
if passwords are such a failure why is the FBI having trouble with that iPhone ?

the answer is: where passwords are properly administered: they are effective.

biometrics have a serious problem: once compromised: you can't change your id.

George Orwell taught us "The Great enemy of Clear Language, -- is insincerity" . and this applies in spades to the attack on passwords: the real objective is to destroy anonymity

 
Whoopty
Whoopty,
User Rank: Ninja
3/21/2016 | 9:17:04 AM
Re: ask the FBI
I agree and that's also why the FBI vs Apple case is so important. Passwords are not great security for the most part, but as you say, if well implemented they do work quite well. However if security that makes brute forcing difficult is removed to aid an investigation, passwords may as well be redundant. 
StuartM947
StuartM947,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/23/2016 | 1:05:33 PM
Re: ask the FBI
Passwords encrypted correctly is the ultimate solution. After 10 years in biometrics we realized thru testing that they are dangerous and always hackable. Fingerprints, iris, voice are all easily obtained and repeatable. A password is a true secret if protected properly. There will be a technology shortly that will prevent passwords from being stolen. True 2F authentication with encryption. We know perimter defenses don't solve the problem.
SteveMorris
SteveMorris,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/26/2016 | 7:57:29 AM
Re: ask the FBI
My password can be hacked in 327 centuries (according to the https://password.kaspersky.com/). And i am also using a password manager Passwork ((https://passwork.me) also using it at my job to store passwords for more than a year. Everything is simple and clear. Same feature can be found at password managers like Keeper and Lastpass. All of them use an encrypton and the cloud storage, that mean your data always secured. 

Hope I helped someone ;)


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