Do You Use Password Haystacking?

September 27, 2016 | Views: 10928

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How can we make passwords memorable AND uncrackable, it is password haystacking. You know the phrase it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack; well the same method applies by hiding your password with a prefix and suffix pattern.  We know length is the most important element in supporting an uncrackable password, well at least in our life time.  It is a process of using some phrase that has meaning to you and hiding it with a creative pattern.

Example password creation:  I Played College BasketBall My Number Was 34. IPCBBMNw34


Example pattern creation:  Used the number 3 and 4 on the keyboard to start the prefix and suffix pattern, that I would remember easily, #$#$//IPCBBMNw34\#$#$ this gives me a memorable and uncrackable password.

Time Required to Exhaustively Search this Password’s Space:

Online Attack Scenario:

(Assuming one thousand guesses per second)

9.88 hundred million trillion trillion centuries

Offline Fast Attack Scenario: 

(Assuming one hundred billion guesses per second)

9.88 trillion trillion centuries

Massive Cracking Array Scenario: 

(Assuming one hundred trillion guesses per second)

9.88 billion trillion centuries

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  1. so our password should not be password?

  2. I stumbled upon an article a couple of weeks ago (unfortunately couldn’t find it now) that password crackers started to realize that non-letters are usually added as prefix or suffix and adjusting their cracking patterns accordingly. The suggestion was to infix them, e.g., IPCBB//#$\\MNw34

    I’d say: Come up with one or two really strong passwords that you can remember and use a password manager to store randomly generated passwords for everything else. I mean, how many passwords do you really need to memorize? That password manager master password, your laptop/PC/phone password, and maybe your webmail password (although, I started to challenge the last one). And don’t forget to enable multi-factor authentication.

  3. The problem here is with online password scripts that use a mathematical forumlae to give you an answer. It will never be correct, if you think logically about the brute-force types that can be used. An online box is slow!

    Take it offline and then give it a brute force attack, on full CPU resources. Some people use 24-core brute-force attacks, imagine the trillions of passwords it can crack very quickly.

    This is why we cannot rely on Password Strength Meters, computers and speeds change all the time, hence false-positive results all the time.

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