Strong Master Passwords
Toward Better Master Passwords
- Toward Better Master Passwords - AgileBits Blog
- This may sound like heresy even though it is sound security advice: When you change your master password, write it down on a slip of paper and put it in your wallet. Once you no longer need to refer to it, you can destroy the piece of paper.
- Write Down Your Password - Schneier on Security
We’re all good at securing small pieces of paper. I recommend that people write their passwords down on a small piece of paper, and keep it with their other valuable small pieces of paper: in their wallet.
- Password Do’s and Don’ts - Krebs on Security
I tend to agree with noted security experts Bruce Schneier, when he advises users not to worry about writing down passwords. Just make sure you don’t store the information in plain sight.
- A walk through of a password creation system
- The strength of a password creation system is not how many letters, digits, and symbols you end up with, but how many ways you could get a different result using the same system
- Use spaces to make things easier for you
- Don’t tell the the truth
- Don’t make sense
- Avoid predictable phrases
- Avoid secrets or things that are personally meaningful
- Obvious punctuation is obvious
- In Conclusion
- We are working toward better passwords, not perfect ones. You should take only as much advice from this [article] as you are comfortable with and no more. Remembering and typing in your master password should not become a chore.
- If you do change your master password, practice with it regularly so that you don’t forget it. Don’t be afraid to write it down on a piece of paper for a while if you keep it in a safe place.
- The kinds of master passwords that you need depend on who may try to break it. Even though a typical criminal may have access to sophisticated cracking tools, it is unlikely that they will dedicate hours – much less days, weeks, years or decades – to your particular data.
- How do I choose a good Master Password? - 1Password Support
- Friends don’t let friends reuse passwords - AgileBits Blog
- The only secure password is the one you can’t remember - Troy Hunt
- Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess - The Intercept
Password Strength Tests
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