Cracking an Egg Should be Easy; Cracking a Password Should NOT!

Okay, first your 7-8 minutes of homework:  Read this one –>  Girl Creates Passwords

Now, that you have done that, we can talk for a moment.  This was another time when we should be reminding ourselves to CREATE STRONG PASSWORDS.

First, the very basic rules:

  1. Never use duplicate passwords.  A unique one for each login.
  2. Never reuse passwords.  This makes it very easy to guess with some research.
  3.  Don’t just use your name, birthday, family’s names, favorite color, or any such easy stuff.
  4. Don’t just use the name of the website or similar.  The password “Microsoft1234” is not secure at all.
  5. Always include upper/lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.  $%VEks03^7 is still better than a 50 digit password of all numbers.
  6. Don’t store your passwords in a file on your computer.  Using Norton Identity Safe is okay if you secure it with a good solid 15-18 character password.
  7. If you have to keep a paper copy, secure it, hide it, and don’t use it more than you have to.
  8. Don’t let others use your computer.
  9. Keep your computer “locked” as often as you can.

Password creation guidelines (an example):

  1.  Pick a book and open to a low chapter (let’s use chap 3 of John Grisham’s “Playing for Pizza”.
  2. using the, let’s say 2nd page, 2nd paragraph of that – write every other word of the 2nd sentence.”He’d his once the” (remove the ‘).   Hed his once the (13 letters)
  3. Reverse the order:  the once his Hed
  4. chg obvious letters to numbers:    the 0nce h15 Hed  (the o, i, and s)
  5. pick the symbol on the top line of the typewriter that equals the number of letters in a word to put in the space following the word:  the-3  0nce-4 h15-3 Hed-3  for a change don’t start over on the line, just keep counting, so the-3, 0nce-3+4, h15-7+3, Hed-10+3  so:  the#0nce&h15)Hed#
  6. That final password should be good enough: reverse it once more if you want –
  7. Final;  #deH)51h&ecn0#ehT   ( I capitalized the last letter, too)
  8. 16 characters very random.  It will work.
  9. Follow these directions for each password and change your passwords, at least, every 2 months and you will be in the top few percent of those will be unlikely to be hacked or bothered with.

Namaste,

Scott

 

 

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  • mike7sedona  On November 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for the post – very interesting and instructive! Hope interested folks do keep changing their passwords, as per the hints, and stay safe!

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