This week, in its weekly tech advice column known as Tech Tuesday, the FBI Portland office positioned itself on the side of longer passwords. Would that really make a difference?
It could be but it may not, it depends on how random those 20 characters are. Let me demonstrate the thought with 2 common attacks on passwords. These attacks are:
It is a digital fingerprint we use to compare two documents or to check if a document has been changed.
No answer is universally correct but here’s two use-cases so you can pick which is more appropriate for you.
Let me start with a question - why do banks believe that 4 digit PIN on your credit card is secure when a random guess have a chance of 1 in 10,000 to be correct. Does 3496 sound that much more secure than “password123” ?
I don’t think anyone can answer this question.
I have been closely following authentication methods over the last 10 years or so and here’s a short list of my thoughts: