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It is because of different encrypted algorithm. Sometimes users will override the MD5, which is the default algorithm, and add their own, which might need a little longer length to store the password. Take a look at the Q&A's »What data type to use for hashed password field and what length?«, having detailed information about hashes and their length, ...


WordPress uses a prefix by default just in case the database is being used by more than WordPress. Since creating a new DB is pretty simple I would go that route. You would get the potential benefit of it being something separate that you can easily export, import or blow away if needed and also the potential security benefit if your WP site gets hacked this ...

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