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    Web Craft Tutorial; More secure password protocol

    Hi all just wanted to contribute a method individuals use to make better passwords. The importance of this can be pretty real if a state or non-state actor were to hijack your account/accounts using a password you commonly reuse.

    Depending on what you use computer/internet for one could be exposing themselves to liability such as identity theft.

    Below is a method to develop a more secure passphrase than what you are probably using now. All you will need is a sheet of paper and one six sided dice. You can create your own word list using words from a dictionary, though people tend to create recognizable patterns over time.

    Link to a prepolulated list. -

    1. Decide how many words you want in your passphrase

    2. Roll the Dice and record the result on a piece of paper (do this in groups of 5)

    3. Look up corresponding number in your list and write down/memorize word.

    4. Once you have memorized the passphrase you can shred burn or attempt to securely store the information in a secure location.

    I recommend destroying any paper you use as part of this exercise.
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    Senior Member Unboxxed's Avatar
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    Re: Web Craft Tutorial; More secure password protocol

    Well, this was interesting. At first read, I thought to myself, why bother with dice? Why not throw darts at an eye chart on the wall, or close your eyes and poke your keyboard five times with your finger, selecting where you poke? Or, throw your dice onto the keyboard and use which keys upon which they land?

    I found an article which provided some detail to this concept:

    Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess

    although, while reading it, I realized they are talking about passphrases when all the websites I use require only passwords, where they restrict the length and content of the password. So, a non-techie like me, when would I use passphrases? They confirm this difference here:

    Now that you know passphrases, here’s when to avoid them

    Diceware passphrases are great for when you’re typing them into your computer to decrypt something locally, like your hard drive, your PGP secret key, or your password database.

    You don’t so much need them for logging into a website or something else on the internet. In those situations, you get less benefit from using a high-entropy passphrase. Attackers will never be able to guess a trillion times per second if each guess requires communicating with a server on the internet. In some cases, attackers will own or take over the remote server — in which case they can grab the passphrase as soon you log in and send it, regardless of how strong or weak it is cryptographically.

    For logging in to websites and other servers, use a password database. I like KeePassX because it’s free, open source, cross-platform, and it never stores anything in the cloud. Then lock up all your passwords behind a master passphrase that you generate with Diceware. Use your password manager to generate and store a different random password for each website you log in to.
    Perhaps I can use a passphrase when logging into my laptop (in case of theft), if Windows 10 will let me.

    Comments, anybody?
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    Senior Member Mr Wombat's Avatar
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    Personally I use Keypass to save my passwords and generate them. It is a handy bit of software which actually shows you how difficult the password is to guess.

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