Not specifically a win98 question, more one from the cryptologically baffled...
If your using one of the popular encryption programs found on the web, such as pgp, the docs usually mention that you can have a certain password length. For instance, suppose you had the pgp passphrase, "cat", is that a passphrase length of three?, or because each character consists of 8 bits, a passphrase of (8 x 3 =24)
Usually in these crypto programs docs they say how many
"bits" they support. Are they literally talking about bits, or just about how many characters (like I'm typing now) the password/passphrase can contain?