Quick update regarding passwords:

"12345" is commonly considered unsafe since 2012.

According to experts "1234567" will still be safe until 2023, at which point you should probably change all your passwords to "12345678".

@fribbledom In the year 3020, that safe password will be |11110000>.

@fribbledom Alternative Unicode Points / Emoji versions of the numbers might be safer? 🙂

@fribbledom I’m ahead of the curve by using one2345

@fribbledom i have heard the best way for people is 4 or more randomly chosen words, for a computer use a password program.

Just in case you were taking this seriously (sorry, can't quite tell):

I have heard that advice of using 4 "random" words (from people claiming some authority on the topic), and it is not really good advice.

1: it's 2^44 bits of entropy, not very safe these days
2: humans can't make random things up, so it's actually less
3: using the same system as many others is bad
4: password managers, people!


@Green_Turtle @fribbledom

This one is a decent explainer of how password cracking _actually_ works and what makes a good/bad password:

I do two things:
1: to generate passwords too complicated to remember (Win/Linux/Android/..iOS?), and store all my PWs.

2: (sorry windows only...) for memorable passwords (e.g. for keepass) -- mix and match schemes, aim for >80 bits of entropy, then make a truly random sample.

@fribbledom my fuckin homestuck brain was trying to read these like "lzeas? lzeasbt? lzeasbtb?"

@fribbledom I use the next gen authentication system on my computer.
It requires a solution in an exact ratio of 8 different bodily fluids to gain access.

@fribbledom personally I'd use

00110001 00110010 00110100 00110100 00110101 00110110 00110111 00111000 00111001

ᵉⁱᵗʰᵉʳ ᵒʳ ᵗʰᵉ ʳᵘˡᵉ ˢᵗⁱˡˡ ᵃᵖᵖˡⁱᵉˢ 😂😂

@ecksmc @fribbledom Not sure which is worse.
That I recognized the ascii value 49 as the "1" digit, or that you repeated 4 twice :P


number 44 symbolizes stability, support, willpower, ability, success, wholeness, inner wisdom, etc

always a reason 😉


@fribbledom I mean that extra few bits of entropy does help against bots. I suppose it's not quite that direct a relationship if humans are sitting down trying it, but hey, that seems improbable right? .... Right? .... (Asking for a friend.)


Being the most commonly used password (pretty much worldwide), I'd still program my bot to try "123456" through "123456...0" as the first couple of guesses. Then proceed with dictionary attacks.

@fribbledom That's why I use 54321. Thinking outside the box as usual.

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