Password questions

Discussion in 'Other Ghost Security Software' started by Peter2150, Dec 18, 2003.

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  1. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    Sep 20, 2003
    Three questions.

    1st. Is there a maximum length password that can be used.

    2nd. Are longer lengths more effective, or is there a point above which it doesn't matter.

    3rd. Is the space used as a character?
  2. Jason_R0

    Jason_R0 Developer

    Feb 16, 2005
    1. From what I recall it may be around 256 characters.
    2. 40 Random characters basically equals 256bit protection. If you aren't using random characters you will need more. Some people use "phrases" or sentences as passwords since they are easy to remember. A 60 character phrase should roughly be equal to 256bits of protection, give or take.
    3. Yeah it can be used. :)

    A 20 random character password equals roughly 128bits of protection. Your password should ideally match the keysize you are encrypting, so anywhere from 20+ random characters to 40 will provide enough protection for many many years. CryptoSuite also adds "work-factor" to passphrases/keys to make them even harder to bruteforce.

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