What’s in Your Password?

Finally someone who spells out the concept of creating passwords, on Youtube that will at least slow down the hackers, and perhaps even foil the RCMP, CSIS and the CSEC here in Canada (CBCnews, October 10, 2013). I was thinking as I started to watch this that I would be seeing a scanty little blurb on passwords, and hear some lame reasons why we even bother with the password deal in the first place, but I was pleasantly surprised when Nixie Pixel (her nomenclature, not mine) approached this issue from a rather scientific point of view, and spelled out some concepts, in easy to understand terms. Yes, there is mathematics, but in a good way, not to overwhelm you with science speak and data overload. Please watch the video because there are some great points for everyone to use.

OK, yes, she is a Linux chick too! 🙂

If you do not want to watch the video, the crux of her message is, the better solution of creating a more secure password is listing random whole words together into a phase. So you put, like, five words, placed together, but a random order, but they still make some sense. You can remember the five words, and at the same time, your level of entropy increases experientially too!

Here is an example that I used, (and I no longer use this password by the way) and it scorers a really hight rating.

My Pass Word Example: “Bananamonkeyfurbreakfast12noon” which is Banana monkey fur breakfast 12 noon, if you were wondering.

So, according to the How Secure is My Password website, my password, above, says, “It would take a desktop PC about 4 undecillion years to crack your password.” That is a pretty long time.

OK, word of the day is: entropy, which means, “A measure of the loss of information in a transmitted message.”


CBCnews, October 10, 2013 : Canadian spy agencies hold secret meetings with energy companies.

CBCnews, October 9, 2013: Inside Canada’s top-secret billion-dollar spy palace.

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