3 comments on “Cheap GPUs are rendering strong passwords useless

  1. http://xkcd.com/936/

    Simply put, longer passwords are always better. I work as an IT professional and the company I work for requires everyone to use a “passphrase” rather than a “password”. Even if you use nothing but lowercase, it will still take exponentially longer to break a 20 character phrase than it would to break a 10 character word.

  2. All secure systems should be using mult-factor authentication anyway. Something you Have, Something you know, Something You Are. (pick two or more)

    Using a utility like LastPass to keep each of your online account passwords allows you to use longer (12 or more character) passwords straight for each of your online accounts. You aren’t still reusing the same password everywhere are you? LastPass allows you to set up multi-factor authentication with something like a Yubikey which leads to a pretty safe and reasonably secure combination.

    None of these are the answer, but they certainly help.

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