Password-cracking contest proves theory

Monday, 4 June 2007, 12:35 AM EST

I proposed that shorter, so-called “complex” passwords were easier to break than less complex, longer passwords. I know this to be true because I frequently password crack for a living, and I know that most people’s “complex” passwords aren’t really that complex. When told to pick complex passwords, 80% of all end-users will use the same complexity tricks.

At Computerworld.

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