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Based on the tool described in this hint, how secure is your admin account's pasword?

1/1: Based on the tool described in this hint, how secure is your admin account's pasword?

Under 10 36 (5.06%)
10 to 19.9 18 (2.53%)
20 to 29.9 41 (5.77%)
30 to 39.9 123 (17.30%)
40 to 49.9 188 (26.44%)
50 to 59.9 110 (15.47%)
60 to 69.9 57 (8.02%)
70 to 79.9 39 (5.49%)
80 to 89.9 24 (3.38%)
90 to 99.9 16 (2.25%)
100 to 109.9 12 (1.69%)
110 to 119.9 4 (0.56%)
120 to 129.9 10 (1.41%)
130 or more 33 (4.64%)
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quick improvement
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Oct 05, '04 08:50:12AM

I boosted my score by an extra 10 points by including a single upper-case character, or by putting in a single symbol....

My admin account has a medium-sized pwd, scoring 67 points, while my normal user account has a much shorter password that scores in the mid-fourties.

As long as you make the password a nice mix of upper/lower characters and put some symbols and numbers in, its quite easy to get a short (ie. easily typed) password with plenty of peace-of-mind.

This password assistant should be part of the 'security' pref pane.



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quick improvement
Authored by: JKT on Oct 05, '04 12:35:40PM
RobG posted my tip not long ago on how to generate long but memorable passwords:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040920120520528&query=password

The second method I describe is the best to use if you want an easy to type but very strong password.

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Seems a little too forgiving
Authored by: Kip on Oct 06, '04 11:27:11AM

I use an awkwardly long passphrase for my admin account password and it appears that just by virtue of its length, the advisor gave me a score of 300.3. I doubt it is really that good.



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Seems a little too forgiving
Authored by: nchapman on Oct 08, '04 02:50:23AM

If you just type in a sentence, like "Now is the time for all good people" etc., you get a fantastic score as long as they are more than a few words long, no matter what the words. Typing "password:password" gives you a score of 100, but "password-password" only 22...



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no choice but perfection
Authored by: marc k on Oct 07, '04 03:31:09PM

we're forced to have a 130+ password in college, or else we can't login, so all my passwords are like that



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Spaces: yea or nay?
Authored by: Han Solo on Oct 10, '04 12:49:07PM
As noted in the discussion of the hint itself, including spaces in a passphrase (as well as non-ASCII-127 characters, such as those created with the option key modifier) can significantly improve one's "score". But is this a good idea for an admin passphrase? Apparently not in the most recent 10.3.5 update of OS X Server (see Apple support document #108026). The last time I could find Apple warn about this issue for the OS X client is with the 10.2.3 update (#107263).

So, who can confirm or deny that spaces (or option-modified keys) cause problems with either OS X or OS X Server admin passwords? (Personally, I'm in no position to risk screwing up my system for the public good, but in light of the comments of the original hint, others may have learned (the hard way)....)

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