[lug] password generating techniques

Jeremy Hinegardner jeremy at hinegardner.org
Wed Mar 21 10:41:14 MDT 2012

On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 08:48:35AM -0600, Davide Del Vento wrote:
> If you are serious, you missed the point. The discussion here is how
> can I *remember* tens if not hundreds of these passwords, not how can
> I generate them. Since I cannot remember them all, I see the following
> options:
> 1) use weaker passwords, easier to remember
> 2) use a single strong password, shared among all the services I use
> 3) use a (mental) algorithm to generate site-specific passwords from a
> single strong one
> 4) use a password manager like Kevin suggested
> 5) use something like OPLOP
> 6) write the strong passwords on a piece of paper
> Of course 1) and 2) are bad, you don't need me to tell you why. 3)
> could be ok, but being "mental" it must be easy and thus it can be
> easy to crack and it is only security by obscurity. I replied to Kevin
> with my objections to 4) so I won't repeat myself. It looks like 5) is
> the best choice, but I had the questions with which I started this
> thread. Option 6) adds the physical security problem to the computer
> security problem, and add the inconvenience of transporting this piece
> of paper with me at all the time in a secure manner.

And for that strong password to use in combination with oplop or anything that
needs a master password, http://xkcd.com/936/ 



 Jeremy Hinegardner                              jeremy at hinegardner.org 

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