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Steve’s parents are VERY security conscious and like all of us struggle with multiple passwords. Ken and I have spent a great deal of time discussing what makes a good password, and he trusts my advice on how to strengthen his own. I’ve showed him Steve Gibson’s Password Haystack where you can learn what the effect of adding more characters and more types of characters can do to affect how long it takes it to get cracked. I like this tool because it helped me illustrate how a password generated by the first letter of every word of a phrase isn’t all that hard to crack since it was only 8 characters long. Even substituting a number for one of the letters didn’t take more than moments to crack in an offline scenario with a good compute server. With Password Haystacks I was able to show him how padding his password with some meaningless special characters (even repeating characters) took it in to the hundreds of centuries to crack if he doubled it in length. He was delighted that there was an easy solution to making it secure.
However, Steve’s parents are so security conscious that they don’t yet trust the idea of a password manager. Having all that information in one place is a concern and so far I’m just barely getting a crack into them that their own ability to create and safely secure a good set of random passwords is much worse than the possibility of something like LastPass or 1Password even being able to be cracked. Continue reading “1Password vs LastPass for Unsophisticated Users?”