Your Money or Your Life (But, Your Password Will Do)

Some time ago, I published a post in which I tried to help people create a good password.  I still think my way is an excellent one.  Of course, 12-16 digit random characters including capital, small letters, numbers, and special characters is really hard to beat.  Anyway, here is an somewhat entertaining TED talk about passwords.  It’s less than 10 minutes and may help you.  After it, I will tell you, briefly, how I have made some really good passwords.

Now, simply put, try this:

1)  Use at least 12 characters (10 in a pinch)

2) Use numbers, letters (capital and small), and special characters.

3) Don’t follow a pattern

4) Change it fairly frequently

5) Password Guardians such as Norton’s password manager can help you.

6)  Don’t ever reuse a password

7)  Never just change a letter or a number when making a new password

8) Don’t repeat passwords

Ex.  12345 is a horrible password, so is any 8 digits or 8 letters, same case  (even mixed is poor)

Strong password:  how about:  rjdhFh2$#%fSncy  (16 randoms)

You only need to be hacked once – one poor password can allow that.




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  • jmmcdowell  On April 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    The problem I have with strong passwords is that they are impossible to remember. And so I have to write them down. So if anyone were to find that list…. Well, so much for their strength! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • kindredspirit23  On April 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      My opinion is that if you WRITE them down, on paper, and put that paper away and it is in your home, you are as safe as you can hope to be. It’s those out in the cyberworld I worry about most.


  • Tessa  On April 13, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Reblogged this on Tessa Can Do IT! and commented:
    These are some very good suggestions for creating a good password.


  • mike7sedona  On April 12, 2015 at 8:34 am

    That’s a great service to netizens indeed! You have inspired one and all to strengthen their passwords by highlighting the dangers of poor passwords inviting hacking, and yes, you only need to be hacked once: a 10-randoms password should be just fine – thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  • Thumbup  On April 12, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Wow! Thanks. I didn’t know that!

    Liked by 1 person

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