Is “correct horse battery stable” a Good Password?

Password StrengthYou’ve all seen the classic XKCD cartoon suggesting “correct horse battery stable” is a stronger and more easily remembered password than the alternate of “Tr0ub4dor&3”. We have all pretty much taken this as gospel however recently Lorrie Faith Cranor from CMU did some research using data from previous breaches, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and actual passwords. Watch the video below for her interesting conclusions. Also find out why “monkey” is always one of the most popular passwords.

TL;DW: “correct horse battery stable” is no better than “Tr0ub4dor&3” and the best passwords instead are shorter non-word pronounceable ones (random syllables concatenated together) such as “tufritvi” and “vadasabi.”

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Today’s post pic is from XKCD.com. See ya!

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