How secure are the passwords you are using?
If you are using your name, your birthday, or anything that is a word, your password is not secure. Real words are easily hacked.
A password should use a random set of letters, numbers, and a special character or two.
Create a phrase
Think up a silly sentence that you can easily remember.
That dog is always eating my 3 peppers! Is it yours?
Now take the first letter of each word and the punctuation to make this password:
Now you have a password that is easy to remember and includes special characters, but is much more secure than Bob1970.
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If you have in mind ‘robots’ that generate passwords than you will know that it doesnt make any difference what your password is (it will check combination of characters befere you can even think of it). Picking a password with random letters/number will protect you from human only.
Estava Morioka says
Hi Melinda. I never thought of creating a password this way. Thanks a neat trick. Thanks!
It works well. I try to think of something related so I can remember all the different passwords I have. Having some sort of association helps.
Gabriele Maidecch says
That’s a very good trick. The geek that I am, I use a third party application to keep track of passwords across all my devices, so I can use utterly terrifying passwords like 50 characters alphanumerical ones with symbols. Freaking scary but effective as well 😀
I use crazy long ones, too, for financial accounts, but for sites I log onto daily, I don’t want to look up one of those crazy numbers. I’m crowning you King of Passwords if you use 50 characters. ha ha
Gabriele Maidecch says
Oh no, I cheat! The application I use integrates with my browser and allows me to fill in login information unlocking its keychain with a master password, which, while complicated, is still a lot simpler :p
This is great and I have to admit that it works pretty well. I actually went a step further and use the same technique only with a twist. The twist is that I add extra two to three letters at the end to identify a website. As an example I have the same password on both twitter and facebook, the difference being that the two last letters are tw and fb respectively. One password for multiple sites. Thumbs up
I love that added twist. Perfect! I’m going to use that.
This is a nice and common trick to create a password but frankly i have like so many hundreds of IDs and Passwords. I am using internet since 2005 and you see these days each website needs a sign up. So i have so many IDs that i have created a special notepad file and i store all my IDs and Passwords on it. Its amazing because it has become like photo album, when i take a look at the older IDs and Passwords i remember those long forgotten websites or services that i used to use years ago. It also brings back my other memories…lol
But these days i use same password for multiple services, it becomes very convenient to login and use the services online like forums, social communities, etc.
It does seem good for me as well for others, but i need to give it try. After all one thing is needed very much in password and that you have shared here to give the best security.
This is the type of password you want G*oHsp!k@8, if a bot can crack that without triggering the auto denial attempts function on a site then it’s a miracle! If the site does not have that functionality then I would not be putting any data or info on that site of value.
Great idea. This is one of the best way in securing your password, it is good to know about it.. Thanks for sharing this great information, it really helps. I will try it.
The geek that I am, I use a third party application to keep track of passwords across all my devices. | 😛