I used to run a password cracker on users' password too, and caught one once or twice a week.
I worked at AT&T for over 20 years and learned UNIX at Bell Laboratories. When I worked for AT&T, I used ATTMail, which was used internally and was sold as a service to customers. The system used to generate passwords for users; it would generate three passwords and the user selected the one they wanted. The passwords were alternating consonants and vowels, which were usually pronounceable and easily remembered, such as; ciretowy. They didn't contain an upper case, lower case, numeral, and a special character; but they were checked for dictionary words and they had to be changed every 30 days.
I use ssh on my systems and use keys on my laptop and workstation rather than passwords to access servers; I generate random root and my user passwords for the servers and put them on an SD card that I keep in my wallet in case I need them. I still have to have passwords on my laptop and workstation.
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