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Jason C. McDonald

Thanks for your response! I agree with you as well.

I'd add one thing to the topic of password managers: while you should definitely use one, it's best to still use phrase-based passwords that can be entered reasonably by a human. There are still times that situation occurs in the real world, as much as we like to pretend our password manager will always work perfectly. This is particularly true of central accounts like GitHub and email.

Besides that, you really should keep a copy of your most important passwords and keys on paper in a fire safe, in case of electronic catastrophe, or your own untimely demise.

In other words, the one time you need to enter your password by hand is the one time you're going to regret an esoteric password. false-overspend-foe-float-stack is going to be a better password for human use than 3FaqtgSr2T9pgVJRwGxauzDmn, as just as secure. (Bonus, you have a realistic chance to spot when the former is wrong or outdated.)

If websites are still demanding their numbers and special characters, you can incorporate a consistent pattern unique to you. Numbers and symbols don't actually reduce the probability of cracking as once thought, so merely adding them to the phrase you would have used is perfectly fine; it's the phrase that's the secret, ultimately.

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Omer Hamerman Author

Again - 100% :)
I remember a really good post explaining what you just mentioned scientifically, in terms of computation complexity and comparing short complex passwords to long sensible strings.
I'd try to find it and maybe add it here.

Thanks again!

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Omer Hamerman Author

I'd be happy to quote some of your responses and incorporate in the post. I think they're extremely valuable to the readers!
With credit of course. Would that be okay with you?

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Jason C. McDonald

Go for it! Thanks.