A different password pattern

SearchSecurity user Ralph Schaefer offers this tip for creating secure passwords.

A different password pattern

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I have developed a password generating scheme that is both easy to remember AND follows all the rules. Since most systems require you to change your password approximately every 30 days, each month I select a theme -- for June it was Fathers Day -- then I search for a quotation related to that theme. I then abbreviate the title of the book containing the quote and add numerals, such as page number, chapter, sentence, etc. Even given this "pattern," with so many books available, no cracker will be able to guess the password or be able to use trial-and-error brute-force methods to discover it. Not even knowing me personally will narrow the possible choices sufficiently.


This was first published in September 2001

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