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    Question Password Length?

    How many characters should your password be for a root pw for a server?

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    8+ Characters of mixed case with no dictionary based word is a good start for the root password.

    Brute force attacks will often use a dictionary, but can also attempt mutations of the dictionary word.

    All these passwords are 8 characters; they are all very poor choices:

    password
    Password123
    Password!
    p@ssw0rd

    With less than 8 it is possible for an offline attack to try every possible combination; depending on the system speed. If you want to be sure make up something mixed with 10 characters.

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    Hmm.......root password

    I think you need at least 8 characters. I last read from somewhere, 14 characters onwards are harder to crack. Including lower case, upper case, numbers and special characters is a must. You can also refer to this guide on how to create a strong password http://www.itscolumn.com/2011/04/how...rong-password/
    Last edited by Mittineague; Jun 25, 2011 at 00:43.

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    . shoooo... silver trophy logic_earth's Avatar
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    I use 256 character passwords where possible...then again I don't manually type them.
    If I'm feeling really paranoid I use a two-factor authentication with a yubi key.
    Logic without the fatal effects.
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