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Posted on: May 17, 2017

How to make a great password

Traditional Password Advice

Traditionally we have recommended that a “strong” password contains:

1. A minimum of 12 Characters
Making it longer, means it is harder to guess, decrypt, etc. There’s no minimum password length everyone agrees on, but you should generally go for passwords that are a minimum of 12 to 14 characters in length. Of course, a longer password would be even better, but you do have to remember it. Also you have to be able to correctly type in that password and the longer it is, the more likely you will make a typing error.
2. It should include Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters. Some software does not allow you to use symbols or capital letters or sometimes they are limited to the length of the password or other aspects like similarity to your email / login and repetition of characters – (jjohn may not be permited to repeat the j). Use the widest mix of different types of characters to make the password stronger.
3. Don’t use simple words or combinations of simple words. If it is a common word like dog, don’t make your password “dog” and don’t use “blackdog” because that isn’t much better. Using “0” to replace “o” is not much better – those obvious substitutions are known to hackers, so “blackd0g” is not much better either.
4. Mix it up! Continuing with the blackdog concept – you could add in some symbols, captials and numbers,
for example – ” MyblackD0g$123 “. Now that it is longer and more varied, it is much harder to crack and still reasonably easy to remember.

Tricks For Creating Memorable Passwords

First characters – Take a long sentence that has meaning for you (easy to remember) and use each of the first characters for your password. For example, maybe you can find it easy to remember a sentence like “My big black dog costs me so much money, I think I will go broke”, which becomes ” Mbbdcmsmmitiwgb “.

But we can improve it with some more variety…

Add more captials and change back some words…
MBIGbDOGcmsmmitiwgb ” and then

Add some symbols and perhaps change the concept a little….
MBIGbDOGcmsm$$$,itiwgb ”

All you need to remember now is the sentence and “key” to how to type it.

General Security With Passwords

It’s not all about password strength. For example, if you use the password in public places, someone might “get it”. If you use the same password for multiple accounts one leaked account password could lead to many invasions into your other accounts, lost personal information, financial loses, etc.
Using unique passwords, avoiding phishing exploits, scammers, hackers and the like. Keeping your computer safe from password-capturing malware is also important.
Keep your operating system for your computer up to date.
Use antivirus and anti malware.
Yes, creating a strong password is so important, but you need to do more.

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