Making a Secure Password

Password SecurityYou may be guilty of it. If you use the same password for everything or other simple mnemonic password/formula you can greatly increase your risk to having your data and accounts compromised. It’s not always the end user that’s responsible for leaking a password to a malicious party. Sometimes companies in charge of storing such data get compromised, giving the attackers a litany of options to access your accounts, especially if that company or person stored other pertinent information. The solution to this is to be reasonably aware of whom and how you give/store your information, but also diversify login details.
It’s tough to remember a lot of passwords and usernames. With the amount of services available today a compounding factor is that everyone has different rules. For example, one service might require that you have a mix of alphanumeric characters, minimum 1 ‘special character’ or meet other complexity criteria in addition to strict character count requirements. You may even have to refresh the password every so often.
Our recommendation would be to generate a complex formula for your passwords that includes mixed case (Upper/lower case letters) alphanumeric characters with special characters (Ex. # % & * ) of at least 8 (critical credentials should have more) characters that changes per login; this will satisfy most password rule requirements. How should you go about this? It’d defeat the purpose for us to provide you with a formula, but there’s no set rules on this. Be creative, the more creative you are the better (as long as you can remember what you make up). Once you’ve got a formula down, check out the passwords forecasted integrity on this page and take note of its comments/suggestions. Apply the formula to several different services that you use regularly and take note of the results to see how secure they are and how compatible it is for the services that you use.
Of course, the most complex password in the world won’t prevent infiltration of an account if for example, you have a keyloggerinstalled on your computer, someone sees you type the password, etc. You still have to be very aware of all the other aspects of informational security IN ADDITION to having good passwords.
While maintaining secure passwords won’t be a non-issue in the near future, there are developments such as OpenID designed to reduce the amount of headache involved with logins while increasing security. There are other solutions such as KeePass if you need to as well.
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