Doing Password Complexity Wrong

Posted: Tue, 8 July 2014 | permalink | 2 Comments

I just made an account on yet another web service. On the suggestion of my password manager, I attempted to use the password “W:9[$X*F”. It was rejected because “Password must contain at least one non-alphabet character, one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter”. OK, how about “Passw0rd”? Yep, that’s fine.

Anyone want to guess which of those two passwords is going to fall victim to a brute-force attack first? Go on, don’t be shy, take a wild shot in the dark!


From: Paul Mellors
2014-07-08 16:48

Well being the expert user I am, I would say the problem lies with “W:9[$X*F”, I mean take W, it’s the second letter on the keyboard, how easy is that to get ;)

From: Matt Palmer
2014-07-08 16:55

Wow, I never thought of it that way. That’s probably exactly the problem. (grin)

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