If the latest study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, titled as "Effect of Grammar on Security of Long Passwords" is to believed, users need not bother with longish or correctly spelled out passwords any more!
Researcher Ashwini Rao informs that the team has worked with 1500 users, of which 18% showed preference for absolutely easy phrases as their passwords such as personal details, street address etc.
While for users like me with amnesia-like memory, its no doubt a boon. Saves a lot of muscle-wracking exercise every time that one logs onto a social media site asking for account details!
Positives apart, this move could have a negative effect in the way cyber crimes like hacking may be shaped in the future. The currently popular password crack programs like John the Ripper and Hashcat still lack the perfection in terms of "grammar in their algorithms".
As Rao adds further, their team has managed to carve a new niche in this area by developing a "proof-of-concept grammar-aware cracking algorithm to improve the cracking efficiency of long passwords". The suggestive outcome of the study obviously is in favor of passwords that are alpha-numeric, short and in most cases grammatically unsound as well.
While it's a sure party for the hack-gangs out there, we seriously hope that our litterateurs and english teachers won't do the prudish smirk face!
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