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Strong Password Tips

February 26, 2015
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There’s always this thing with secure passwords – either the password is not strong enough, or you don’t seem to remember it. Is there a way to stay safe and don’t crack your head?


Secure passwords are crucial for all nowaday activities online. I’m not really sure that I have to remind you, but there’s always someone out to get you. Anyone may take a peek at your online activities and take a chance to put you in a really bad situation.


Weak password

Having this in mind, take a look at these basic tips on how to create a strong  password and minimize the risk of being hacked.


Basic Recommendations


1. Don’t borrow passwordscreate your own. It’s not that hard as it seems.


2. Don’t reuse old passwords. When you change your passwords, make sure that all your passwords are unique and differ from each other and the ones you have used in the past.


3. Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. If one of them gets hacked, it’s really likely that all of them will be at extreme risk.


4. Never use a short password – they’re much easier to guess no matter what letter, number and symbol combinations they contain. A strong password contains at least 12-16 characters.


5. Don’t use obvious number substitutions and don’t use keyboard patterns.

Password tips. No keyboard patterns.

6. Mix up upper and lower case letters, numbers, symbols and spaces. Don’t repeat characters.


7. Don’t use names and personal information – you might not realize, but it’s likely that you’re sharing this information on the Internet.

Password tips. No personal information.

8. Don’t use common words and phrases. Also try to avoid adding a complete word.

Password tips. No common words and phrases.

9. Use a secure email for password recoveries.


10. Give bogus answers for security questions.


But How Do I Remember It?


While following the tips above it looks quite easy to mix it up and think of a really complex passphrase. However, the more and the many different passwords you have, the higher the chance they are easy-to-guess. It’s called password fatigue and it’s completely normal.


Sorry, but your password must contain an uppercase letter, a number, a haiku, a gang sign, a hieroglyph, and the blood of a virgin.


First, why don’t we run our fingers through our keyboard and see what we get. So there we go, I have typed this –


Strong password.


As a password, it looks good, doesn’t it? It contains 15 characters of all types, including both uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. I have checked it with How Secure Is My Password? and they claim that it would take about 4 trillion years for a desktop PC to crack it.


However, how does one manage to remember such a password without writing it down and hiding under the keyboard?


Well, there are a few ways to remember passwords.


First, try the Bruce Schneier method. Take a sentence and turn it into a password. There are many ways to do that, e.g. you can connect the first letters of a sentence or a few sentences.


Another way is to use a passphrase. There are many ways to do that, e.g. take a word or phrase and remove the vowels from it.


Combine the letters. Also try to take two words for example and combine the letters of them. E.g. let‘s say your two words are house and food. When we combine it we get a password like this: hfoouosde. How does it sound? Easy, right? Throw in a few letters and/or symbols and you’re done!


Leetspeak method. This method actually offers to turn the letters into numbers. Take a word and then take those numbers in the same row to create a password. E.g. if our word is sunshine, the number sequence looks like that: 27626863.


For readers. If you like to read books you can make use of it and create your password. Decide on your favorite book and favorite paragraph. Take the number of a page and one word from there. Let‘s say your paragraph is 3, a word taken – water and the page 267. Your password now would sound like this – 3Water267.


All in all it is probably not necessary to explain you why those damn passwords are so important. So I‘ll limit myself into few words for the end – stay smart and secure.


How do you manage to create and remember your passwords? Is it hard? Do you have a special way of creating and/or memorizing your passphrases? Share your thoughts!

By Viktorija Poderskienė
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