Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lets talk about passwords, Again. Mk III Mod 7a.


The evergreen topic, because most corporate IT I’ve worked with is now insisting on new passwords every 90 days. And people who use the same password with a rolling number at the end just grate on my nerves. Very smart people, some of them, but misguided.

Our latest requirement is 8 characters (can it be more? doesn’t say it can. Probably. Check it.)

Upper and lower case letters, numeric symbols (0-9), punctuation: :,.!(){}[]) and Special, ie Shift-Number: !@#$%^&*, etc.

So lets take my birthday, which I have never used for a password, and see what we can do:

October91956 – more than 8 characters, but that’s ok. Needs punctuation or specials or both.

I’ve read the starting with a capital letter and ending with a 4 digit number are so common that malefactors expect to find it. So lets not give them either.

()ctober9!(%^ – 4 out of 5, no capital letters, but lowers, a numeral, special and punctuation.

0ct()beRgIgsG isn’t bad

RoktuberIX56 isn’t bad either.

Remember to start with something you’ll never forget, that you can remember how you transformed, and that you can write a perfectly underestandible plain-text hint for and leave some where you can see it any day, without revealing a thing.

“Geologic Birthday” would be good for RoktuberIX56…