Password-cracking contest results

Friday, 10 November 2006, 2:04 PM EST

On July 17, 2006, I challenged password-cracking readers to a contest. I was looking to support my conclusion that longer, less complex passwords provided more protection compared with everyday eight- to 10-character shorter, but more complex passwords.

Conventional wisdom says that because end-users have 94 characters to choose from on a 101-key keyboard, breaking an eight-character, complex password -- out of 94^8 = 6,095,689,385,410,816 different possible passwords -- is not a trivial task.

At InfoWorld.

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