Perfect Password: Selection, Protection, Authentication

Perfect Password: Selection, Protection, Authentication

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by Mark Burnett
     
 

User passwords are the keys to the network kingdom, yet most users choose overly simplistic passwords (like password) that anyone could guess, while system administrators demand impossible to remember passwords littered with obscure characters and random numerals.

Every computer user must face the problems of password security. According to a recent British study

Overview

User passwords are the keys to the network kingdom, yet most users choose overly simplistic passwords (like password) that anyone could guess, while system administrators demand impossible to remember passwords littered with obscure characters and random numerals.

Every computer user must face the problems of password security. According to a recent British study, passwords are usually obvious: around 50 percent of computer users select passwords based on names of a family member, spouse, partner, or a pet. Many users face the problem of selecting strong passwords that meet corporate security requirements. Too often, systems reject user-selected passwords because they are not long enough or otherwise do not meet complexity requirements. This book teaches users how to select passwords that always meet complexity requirements.

A typical computer user must remember dozens of passwords and they are told to make them all unique and never write them down. For most users, the solution is easy passwords that follow simple patterns. This book teaches users how to select strong passwords they can easily remember.

• Examines the password problem from the perspective of the administrator trying to secure their network
• Author Mark Burnett has accumulated and analyzed over 1,000,000 user passwords and through his research has discovered what works, what doesn't work, and how many people probably have dogs named Spot
• Throughout the book, Burnett sprinkles interesting and humorous password ranging from the Top 20 dog names to the number of references to the King James Bible in passwords

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"What is the key to coming up with a secure password? Length. Use 10 characters or more, says Mark Burnett, author of Perfect Passwords (Syngress, $26, amazon.com). "Best are passwords that consist of a few parts"—words, prefixes, spelled-out numbers. Good examples: bluebananas and skyisfalling. "They’re easy to remember, and when you’re prompted to switch your password, you can just swap out one chunk," he says. With this method, foursaltypeanuts becomes foursaltycashews."—Real Simple Magazine

Keith Ward
"Mark Burnett has written a number of security articles for my magazine, and they have always been top-notch. This book continues in that tradition. It's an outstanding compilation of password theory and practices that's guaranteed to make your own passwords, and your network, safer. Highly recommended."
Editor, Redmond Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597490412
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
12/25/2005
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
0.43(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Thomas W. Shinder
"Mark Burnett shows a remarkable level of creativity and ingenuity... This book is chock full of information that will have users looking forward to password change day!"
M.D., Microsoft MVP - ISA Firewalls
Erik Pace Birkholz
"As a penetration tester, password attacks were a zero-sum game; my victory caused their loss. Burnett's Perfect Passwords offers uncomplicated solutions for creating memorable passwords that preserve password strength."
Founder & President, Special Ops Security
mudge
"When I first wrote l0phtCrack I thought to myself,‘why don't people understand passwords and more importantly, where the underlying mechanisms succeed and fail?’ I wish this book would have existed many years earlier."
creator of l0phtCrack, founder of @stake and Intrusic, and adviser to the U.S. Government
Kevin Mitnick
"Please DO NOT read this book; I still wanna get your passwords!"
Author, Lecturer, and Security Consultant, Mitnick Security Consulting LLC
Jesper M. Johansson
"Dude, this is pretty cool stuff."
Ph.D., ISSAP, Senior Security Strategist, Security Technology Unit, Microsoft Corporation
Paul Craig
"Great book, qg98Z\!(#*. is no longer my password! That e-mail trick saved me."
Security Consultant, Security-Assessment.com

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