Encryption strength question

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Acadia, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. Acadia

    Acadia Registered Member

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    I've been scolded (not here at Wilders) for using an encrypted Word doc to store my passwords instead of a password manager. I am using Office 2016 which has 256-bit AES, the SHA-1 hash algorithm, and CBC (Cipher Block Chaining) encryption.

    Even with this encryption, I've been told that the password can easily be bypassed. Is this true? If so, how would my password fail with this level encryption? Should I surrender and consider a password manager (trying to keep my system as free of programs as possible and Word was already installed).

    Thanks, Acadia
     
  2. longshots

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    MS Office 2016 uses 128-bit AES encryption, which should be good enough for you, PROVIDED THAT you are saving your work in .docx format.
    And of course you are using a minimum 12 character password.
    https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm
     
  3. Acadia

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