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#1 rayandmaura

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 04:45 PM

First I hope this is the correct place to post this. It was a toss up between here and " General Chat " and I apologize if its not. I was wondering if anyone could give a "layman's" definition of " a password with salt / a salted password " Is it just a password with a character? Thank You..............rayandmaura

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 07:01 PM

Short - Encrypted
Long explanation- wikipedia
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 08:58 PM

A salt is a string of random values added to a password, before its hashed and stored.
The salt helps to prevent compromised passwords when attacks are made on the hash.

Example: Password equals "password" and the salt to be added is 4aB7Oh#P.
While there are many methods to integrate a salt to a password, here's a simple one.

4aPassB7Ohword#P

If you want to read a bit more in depth, here a post that doesn't get too deep into cryptographics and explains a bit more.

http://www.hackerthreads.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=81054

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographic_hash_function
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 02:31 AM

Thank You for the links..So to be sure im understanding correctly, if a password is created using a combination of upper and lower case letters.numbers and characters the password becomes much more difficult to "crack" ? And a password that is considerably long say (25) letters,numbers and characters in length, is nearly impossible to crack?............rayandmaura

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 08:53 AM

If a password is created using a combination of upper and lower case letters.numbers and characters the password becomes much more difficult to "crack"?

YES

A password that is considerably long say (25) letters,numbers and characters in length, is nearly impossible to crack?

Nothing's impossible, also don't forget that most sites using passwords limit the number of characters
Don't make it so difficult that you forget it
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Edited by garmanma, 20 October 2007 - 08:55 AM.

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