# Passwords what is the trick?

1. Aug 31, 2011

### Andre

So your employer wants you to change passwords every few weeks and they must be at least 6 digits, containing at least one letter, at least one digit and at least one special character like #@ etc. Moreover you could only use each pw once. After I ran out of family members I tried something else. I only needed to memorize a two digit number.

47 would get 47v$&b 86 would result in 86h*^g 34 gets 34e#$r

So which password goes with 96 and which with 67?

and why wouldn't I use 28?

2. Aug 31, 2011

### NileQueen

96n(^m,67t^&y you could not use 2 because @ is not allowed.
In many situations you are restricted to using _ or $for symbols in which case your system does not work. 3. Sep 1, 2011 ### Andre Fair enough, the basic idea is triangle patterns on the keybord. With 4 and 7 find the key below to form a equal triangle, the v, then repeat 4,7 with shift, giving$& and then the key next to the v into the direction of the first two keys, the b. Just to make it not too obvious. Hence with 7 and 4 it would have been the c:

74v&\$c

Our system used any key for password inclluding the @, but 28 can not be used because you cannot complete the triangle shape.

4. Sep 1, 2011

### D H

Staff Emeritus
Even though your scheme might be useful in defeating the silly password filters, it is also very easy to guess by a password hacker. Your password has very low entropy.