How Hack-Friendly is Your Password?

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.

Related Article: The Real Life Risks Of Re Using The Same 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.

2 Comments

  • Brooke McAvoy 07.20.2016 at 1:48 pm

    It is weird to me that “rockyou” is a common password. All of the other ones make sense, but it is funny that so many people seem to choose something so random. I have to change my passwords at work frequently, so I appreciate the reminder of what a good one is. Thank you for sharing!

  • Laurie 12.11.2016 at 1:43 pm

    It is very important to create extremely strong passwords. They should be created not to include your personal information like pets names, spouses and kids names, important dates, social security number, etc. as that makes the passwords easier to crack for some people. I do recommend backing up your personal information on the cloud just in case you ever have an issue. Great information, thanks for sharing!

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