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My password algorithm
Authored by: rhowell on Sep 23, '04 02:33:29PM

This is my password algorithm:

Let's say you've had a favorite password for years, and you know it so well that you can type it really fast without looking at the keyboard. But lately you've realized how terribly insecure it is. For example, maybe its actually "password". That's OK, because we can get many new secure passwords from this, without having to teach yourself a "story".

To generate the new password, simply translate your fingers on the keyboard over to the right one key. In this case, your new password becomes "[sddeptf", and you can type it just as fast without looking.

Got another computer? OK, translate over to the right one key and up one key. Your password for this machine is "+err4-6t".

Another computer? How about down one key: ";zxxslfc".

Another computer?...



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My password algorithm
Authored by: hagbard on Sep 23, '04 03:07:45PM

Your algorithm is great, but I'd add a little advice for people who, for example use AZERTY keyboards and might travel abroad (the same applies for any two types of keyboard) : you won't be able to log to your account unless you know your home keyboard by heart !
You might argue that you can change the input language, but not in a cybercafe, or on a PC (well you can but don't expect the owner will let you).
And sometimes characters outside the A-Z 1-0 are placed differently, depending on the manufacturer.
So be warned...



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My password algorithm
Authored by: Tonex on Sep 24, '04 03:27:43AM

Ok I'm no cyptologist, but it would seem to me that if your password was 'password' or some other common word, then your method would not hide the password from someone who was trying to get in to your machine.

Wouldn't a password cracking program be able to spot your trick quite easily? You're not actually randomising anything so the pattern of your word would still be recognisable, all the program would have to do is figure out where you had shifted your fingers to.

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