Posts Tagged ‘passwords’

Security: Two-factor Authentication

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

Dan Goodin retweeted Mark Wuergler’s post last week.


This left me thinking about what most people I know understand about authentication.

In security authentication is a two-step process in which someone* claims an identity and then provides credentials by which he can be verified to be able to operate as the identity claimed.


Password Security – Are Yours Easy To Crack (Hacking)?

April 23rd, 2013 1 comment

After reading Nate Anderson‘s article, How I became a password cracker, I decided to put a blog post out to coincide with my quarterly call to my friends and readers to change your passwords.

One friend recently asked how to “know” that your password is secure without using a program that generates them or creating a password that requires you to haul around a book.  Here’s a quick set of guidelines that anyone can use.

    1. It’s easier for people to remember phrases than characters.
      Choose a phrase that’s about 15 letters long.

Developer’s ADHD – Encryption

March 31st, 2013 Comments off

So I started by working on a blog post about reasonably secure passwords which led to me wanting to bang out some more AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption in C#.

Instead of opening some older code I have I decided to dig back in and see what’s new on the interwebs.  First stop was Microsoft’s MSDN to check the .NET 4.5 System.Security.Cryptography namespace.  I also stopped off at a discussion of the differences in Rijndael and AES standard.