When we wrote Protect Your Windows Network we put some tools on the CD. The tools are now posted on the website: http://www.protectyourwindowsnetwork.com. There is even a new version of the passgen tool available there. The new version supports setting passwords up to 256 characters, which will make it impossible to log on with the account.
We also posted the errata for the book as well as updated our next few speaking engagements.
If you have any feedback on the tools, or anything else for that matter, let me know.
At WinConnections, Steve Riley mentioned that since its easier to get budget for software, we can "buy passgen and get a free book". I'm sure glad I bought it then since the excuse is now invalid. Great book - highly recommended.
Sorry. I didn't mean to blow your excuse! :-)
Glad to hear you like the book. Tell your friends!
you might check this site:
passphrases of 30 characters seem to be weak passwords.
I know of the bad password checker. I've been trying to find out who owns it so we can get it fixed. I'm on vacation though, so at least I probably will not do much about it until January.