Password Hacking – 8. Secure Passwords

 

For the past few sections, we have concentrated on cracking passwords; now let’s talk about how to create strong passwords that are nearly impossible to crack for 99% of all password crackers.. no.. crackerers.. yah that seems right.

 
I could write a few pages on the different methods of creating secure passwords but that would bore the both of us, so I’ve chosen to show you the method that works for most people. Phrases.

 
Phrases

 
I’m sure by now you realize that for your password to be strong, it should be made up of most if not all of the following:

  • Length (shoot for at least 14 characters)
  • Lowercase characters
  • Uppercase characters
  • Symbols
  • Numbers

What’s the best way to incorporate all of those and at the same time be easy to remember? That’s right, Phrases. Damn you’re good!
If you search for a secure password creator, you will come up with a lot of tools that automatically generate random password that contain all of the above. The problem with these generated passwords is that they are not easy to remember, and what happens to things that you can’t remember? You mark them down somewhere. If someone comes by it, it is now useless. This is why I have always used phrases. Let’s look at some examples:

 

  • IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer!0
  • what would Jesus do?77
  • Never gonna give you up! Never gonna let you down!11

Simply pick a phrase that you can easily remember, capitalize some of the letter, add in some punctuation, pop on a number and you got yourself a darn good password. That’s wassup.

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