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Lab7_PWD DCF255 1 | P a g e Lab 7 - Password Cracking ______________________________________________________________________________ The purpose of this lab is to learn more about passwords and password complexity. For this lab, you will use a web based password analyzing tool at provided by Gibson Research Corporation. If your password is the “needle” then the ability to hide your password depends on making the “haystack” as big as possible. You will also learn that some of the “truths” about passwords are myths. For example, which of the following two passwords is stronger, more secure, and more difficult to crack? D0g………………… PrXyc.N(n4k77#L!eVdAfp9 We have been told that clearly the second password is the better one because it is more secure. It is also impossible to remember. The Gibson Research tool, however, will show that the first password is not only easier to remember, but is 95 times more difficult to crack that the second password.

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