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3 Crazy tips to make your your password un-hackable

Your passwords are you identity, whether they are your Internet Banking passwords, or passwords for your email accounts.

Only in the last 20 years has passwords and the password security become such a pressing issue. This has come about because all aspects of our lives are now connected and to complete the connection securely you need passwords.

Password hacking has become a number one concern for everyone involved in Internet Security , that includes the bad guys.

Lets look at how the hackers hack your passwords and 5 simple tips to fool them.

The most common method that hackers use when targeting your passwords is what is called a Brute Force attack and it essentially involves trying out a every possible letter combination, the more letters the more difficult and the longer it takes (hint..hint).

It looks something like this:

AAAAA

AAAAB

AAAAC

Now hackers are very resourceful and so have adapted a technique of collecting existing password lists from previously hacked websites or computers and compiling the most common ones and trying those first.

password

pa$$word

iloveyou

Humans are funny in that we often behave in similar manor, interesting research out of Carnegie Mellon University has shown that on average 30% of all passwords are common.

All of a sudden a job that would have taken months for a 8 digit password can be done in less than an hour for 16 digit password.

So what do we do about it ?

There is a lot we can do and so lets start with some basic rules from the research:

  1. Never use repeating parts of the password such as :passwordpassword

  2. Try and go for as long as you: Less than 8 is BAD more than 16 is GREAT

  3. Don’t use the same password on all your websites

  4. Include Numbers, Capitals and Symbols as often as you can

So great now we have a password that looks something like this :   Pj75$%oi87Tj*97W

Great for security but nearly impossible to remember even one password, let alone a different one for each site you belong to.

password photoThe Solution is surprisingly easy:

As modern people we have grown accustomed to dealing with longer number sets, i bet you can remember your Cell Phone number and maybe your ID number. We do this by grouping digits together in our mind.

 

1. Number Grouping

537 10 14 – Is easier to remember than - 5371014

2. Non Word Letter Grouping

home becomes – h0me

monkey becomes – m0nk3y

3. Relevant Symbols

home becomes – h0m3$

4. Using phrases that are easy to remember

home becomes – ilikemynewhome

5. Using Common parts to create multiple unique passwords

ilovemynewhome – mynewhomeilove

So the research shows that a combination of these is essentially unbreakable due to the time and resources required to break it. So let start to build a password with the rules that is easy to remember.

  1. Start with your current password, lets say – password

  2. Make a story out of it – ihatepassword

  3. Add a unique 4 digit number(not your birthday) – ihatepassword2010

  4. Change out some symbols that are easy to remember – 1hatepassw0rd2010

  5. Create at least 2 variations on it for your various sites – passw0rd1hate2010

That new easy to remember password will take 63 Million years to break with a Desktop PC. try it out for yourself with your new password at https://howsecureismypassword.net/

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