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PatrickB
12-21-2009, 04:50 PM
When selecting a password, there are some that techs know are weak:

password
your name
your pet's name
any word from a dictionary
We also know that short passwords are weak. If you use a single letter, then it must be one of 52 upper or lower case letters.

So, what we want is a longer password that cannot be easily guessed and is not found in a dictionary. GRC's Ultra High Security Password Generator is the best source I have found. You can read the details and get a password from here:

https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm

I use one of these passwords on my Wi-Fi WPA encryption and another one on my router.


Here's a bonus suggestion to use with complicated passwords. Order a Yubikey. It has a couple of functions. You can load one of these high-security passwords into it, then when you plug it into a USB port, it is recognized as a keyboard. Push the button on the Yubikey and it "types" in the password to your computer. This makes it easy to use a very complicated password, yet share it with visitors when they need access to your Wi-Fi.

Yubikey also works with their server or your server to authenticate via the network with a one-time password each time you need it. It supports OATH and OpenID standards that are used by many websites as an alternative way to log in.

http://www.yubico.com/products/yubikey/

Further discussion: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS305US305&q=yubikey+site:www.grc.com

-- Patrick B.

iisjman07
12-21-2009, 05:28 PM
I read in a magazine article a couple weeks back in which it explains how you can use an MD5 hasher to create secure passwords. You basically select a file that you know you'll always be able to get (say, explorer.exe for example) and set the MD5 of that as your password.