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How a tiny change to your password will make the “time to crack” jump from 2.4 days to 2.1 CENTURIES
Passwords are a pain.
As all of us move to creating games (or media) as a service, we need to think about how to help keep passwords secure for our users.
And because most people use the same passwords everywhere (say, for their online games, forums, and their bank), password strength is critical.
John Podzadides over at Life Hacker has this to say:
He made that stark difference even more clear in the chart below:
I think that it is important for all of us that we think about this on a personal level.
Professionally,though, I’m not so sure. I get annoyed with sites that force me to pick a “secure” password, especially if I don’t have a meaningful relationship with them yet. “Let me use a standard, easy to remember, low-strength password, if I want to,” is what I think.
But I do think you should let me people use lower AND uppercase letters. The few sites that don’t let me do that *really* annoy me.
What do you think? How much pressure should we put on our users to use secure passwords?