November 6th, 2017 by adminIn today’s cyber-world, you can’t afford to have a password like “123456” (which, unfortunately, was the most common password of 2016). Many of us know deep down that our passwords could be more secure. We’ve heard it all before - they should be at least 12 characters long, avoid common words, use a variety of capitalization, special characters, etc. If adhering to these guidelines leads to clicking the “Forgot my Password” button on a regular basis, you’ve likely felt the frustration of finding a password that will keep hackers out, but still let you in. Here are some tips to creating strong and memorable passwords to make your life easier, and hackers’ lives a lot harder:
Use a pass-phraseHackers use different dictionaries to crack passwords; these dictionaries include English and foreign words, two digit combinations, dates, symbols and common substitutions (@ for a, $ for s, etc.). Rather than selecting a word, experts suggest trying a pass-phrase. If you take six non-related words, such as cobra, honeydew, alphabet, rum, duke and charisma, and put them together (cobrahoneydewalphabetrumdukecharisma), you’ve got an extremely tough password that’s nearly impossible to crack. To help generate this pass-phrase, use an online word generator.
Turn a sentence into a passwordIf remembering random words isn’t quite your style, try this method. Take a sentence that’s easy to remember. Use the first letter of each word (using numbers and symbols wherever possible) to create an ultra-secure password. Here are some examples:
- My first apartment was on 3rd East and rent was $500 – MfAwo3EaRw$500
- I love to get $100 bills at the bank – i<32g$100B@tb
- Giving 110% at work makes you a superstar – G110%@wMyAs*
- Driving less than 25 miles per hour makes me sad – d<25mPhMm:(