June 6, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Security through dylanology

Scotsman.com offers good advice on How Bob Dylan can keep your password safe and sound

So how do you create a password that is easy to remember and hard to crack? I am grateful to Scott Granneman for this suggestion from an article on the Security Focus website (securityfocus.com). Granneman is senior consultant for Bryan Consulting in the US.

He recommends using the lyric to your favourite song as the basis for a password. His example is based on Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, which probably tells us a lot about him, but it will work with any wordy and memorable song.

For instance, using Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, take the opening letters of the first line: "Once upon a time you dressed so fine." That gives you "ouatydsf", which is not a bad password. But it can instantly be made more complex by using title case for the long words so the short ones, "a" and "so" are lower case - "OUaTYDsF". That is even better.