Passwords, not to mention their requirements, have become increasingly complex over the years. Even despite that, thousands of accounts get hacked every day. Hackers are writing better code than ever, breaking even the most secure of passwords.
Recently, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon recently published a study on the effect of grammar on long passwords. His findings? Just because you have a long password doesn’t mean it’s secure. Many people use phrases as their “long” password, and hackers can write code to recognize certain common grammatical sequences (such as “noun-verb-adjective-adverb”) and crack them much more easily than “incorrect” grammatical arrangements.
Their recommendation for keeping your accounts safe? Use a lot of nouns and adjectives. Something like “l0ck$mithprettyba$eball” is much safer than “Ba$eballisfun.”
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