Please someone settle this.

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by notageek, Dec 13, 2004.

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  1. notageek

    notageek Registered Member

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    OK If you use PGP or another encryption program, wouldn't it be better encrypted if you use a longer hard password (60 char)? It's a little thing me and a friend is kind of talking about. He said that he uses 8 char and it's jast a strong as using 60 char.
     
  2. Blackspear

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    It's very very simple, as you place your password into PGP it indicates strength of that password, a long password containing numbers and letters both in upper and lower case is far stronger than a short one.

    http://www.uni.edu/its/us/faqs/security/PasswordsStrong.htm

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/privacy/password.mspx

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers :D
     
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    It helps. Now time to direct him to them pages to show him that more is better. ;)
     
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    Thanks I'll send him there also.
     
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    I agree with you but 60 characters? That's taking it a bit far if you ask me!
    :cool:
     
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    In some cases an 8 char password is just as strong as a 60 char password, just depends on the encryption algorithm / key length which it is used in. :)

    Of course in most cases a 60 char password would have more entropy than an 8 char password, ie it would be stronger. However the way the password is used and what it is used in is also important.

    *edit* An 8 character password can even be stronger than a 60 character one depending on certain factors. To simplify things imagine 8 random letters compared to 60 letter A's.

    AYWMZHAK

    compared to

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA and etc
     
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