Pass Phrases to Replace Passwords

I was reading this blog entry by Robert Hensing of Microsoft’s PSS Security Team on how difficult to remember paswords should be replaced by long, but simple pass-phrases. Despite all my efforts, I still can’t get people to set secure passwords so maybe getting them to use pass phrases will solve the problem.

After that, I thought about PyKey and decided to add this little feature to it. A few minutes of work and random phrase generation from dictionary words was ready. Some of the results were quite amusing:

  • “repeaters and glowingly replayed by cruises”
  • “maintains roughness by adoptions and hastened by leafy for sublime”
  • “shippers by fountain and backyard”
  • “deprecate an infested nutria”

You can try it out for yourself here (choose the “Pass Phrase” option).