re: What does it take to create a strong password? VIEW POST


Strong passwords do not give greater security. They were designed to protect against dictionary attacks in the times when md5 was used to encrypt passwords. The theory was that if your password was not a word in the dictionary, a dictionary attack wouldn't work. Some dictionary attacks can account for numbers now. Dictionary attacks were solved by brute force protection and when md5 was cracked due to rainbow tables, everyone switched to bcrypt for encryting passwords, which protects against brute force (that dictionary attacks use) due to the slowness that bcrypt has, rainbow tables and password databases.

Most people are privacy conscious and data conscious and most people do not like social login. They prefer a username and password as people like to give out as little information about themselves as possible. When websites require social logins, less people will sign up. Although some people believe that using real names reduces harassment and bullying online, I don't agree. In general people don't like to use their real names online.

Password managers are a nightmare because if you forget the password to a password manager, you have lost all your passwords. So it's not surprising they aren't popular or mainstream.

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