DailyDirt: Breaking Bad... Passwords

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Passwords are everywhere. They get us access to our phones, computers, email, social media accounts, cloud storage accounts, banks accounts... just about everything important (and unimportant -- which is part of the problem with passwords). You might think you're clever by choosing a 4-digit PIN that doesn't look like a birthday date or year, but if you're using 2580 and think you're smart, think again. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: dongle, fingerprint, logins, passcode, password-free, passwords, pin, security, tokens
Companies: google, yahoo


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    boomslang, 25 Mar 2015 @ 4:41am

    Not quite

    > Well, even if you use a WPA password, it only takes a few hours to crack

    This depends on the password strength. Cracking a strong WPA password is computationally infeasible. Since WPA cracking typically uses a dictionary instead of brute force, cracking a WPA password like "password123" will take minutes.

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