Bad grammar is good for passwords: report

A Carnegie Mellon study reveals the importance of not adhering to the rules of good grammar when creating passwords online.

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A new Carnegie Mellon study reveals that using grammatical structures in passwords—such as “youwillnevercrackthispassword”—can easily be cracked. Using Google Web Corpus (and not some sophisticated password cracker), the Carnegie Mellon team was able to break more long passwords when they were grammatically correct.

The study also showed that the strength of a password doesn’t necessarily increase commensurate with the password’s length.

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