How to Create, Keep, And Restore Safe Passwords - Convenience Against Security?
At present time, as the digital communications are rapidly growing, protecting a user identity becomes vitally important. In most cases, such an identity is protected using a secret password. An additional layer of security can be achieved via so-called Two Factor Authentication method, which utilizes another (additional to password) channel of communication between the server and the user. Normally this is implemented by sending an SMS or a push message to the user's mobile phone.
Some facts: for a password of eight characters long which is based on the English alphabet of 84 characters (with non-alphabet signs), the total number of variations would reach 84^8 or 2.5 million billion. A modern software, as reported, is capable of checking 80,000,000,000 MD5 hashes per second on an average computer. This means that the total possible number of hashes for a password of 8 characters can be checked in about 32,000 seconds or ~9 hours. If you make the password longer just by one character will require a month of calculations. Adding another character (password length = 10) means that an attacker will need 7 years. For a password of 20 such characters, one computer will need 127 billion billion years!
What to do?
Password Managers are now extremely popular and people use them a lot. Their autofill feature is quite convenient, saving a great deal of time and effort. But user's key assets and services, including the Master Password to enter the Password manager itself, need an additional layer of protection, so it is advised to keep such passwords elsewhere.
For this purpose a service that is called Safer Password at Bizpages is recommended:
The idea behind this method is simple: instead of creating a long phrase and trying to remember it for each website, email account, etc., the user should generate a password that is simply speaking an encrypted text based on two words: a Master Password and a simple open password. In this system you can keep open passwords anywhere: on a yellow sticker on your keyboard or refrigerator, a text file on your computer, etc. The open password is usually short and easy to remember and write down.
The Safer Password utility webpage remains fully functional even when it is saved onto a hard disk as a full HTML page. As such, it can be also copied to a flash drive as a backup.
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