Just look at the difference a few more characters and a bit more complexity in your password can make!
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This chart doesn’t show it, but if you take this even further – say 16 characters – the password becomes more trouble than it is worth, even for a “Pro” hacker.
Having trouble remembering a lengthy and complex password? Try using a phrase instead. For example, “Wh0 sh0t J.R.?” might work well if you were a big fan of Dallas in the 1980’s. 14 characters, contains mixed case letters, numbers, and symbols – but is a lot easier to remember than something like: “waC6/T($]#3b<U”
If, on the other hand, you don’t mind unintelligible passwords, a site like passwordsgenerator.net can be a big help generating unique and random complicated passwords.
A password manager program or service can be a big help if you have a lot of passwords to juggle (don’t we all?). Take some caution with your choice if you use one of these, and consider all factors. For example, Norton 360 offers a built-in password manager component, which is great until you decide to switch to a better, faster antivirus – and you find Norton wholly uncooperative in transferring your data elsewhere.