A poor password is a foremost reason almost whenever a security breach happens. Therefore you should treat your password like your underwear:
1. Don’t leave them in open; 2. Change them regularly; 3. Don’t share it with anyone.
If you happen to have a system in place to manage your unique, random, unbreakable passwords, wow and huge respect to your brain. According to some studies, you are among a super protected 10% of users who do not reuse passwords.
The rest of the users are still looking for a solution. We all know that creating a safe password is an easy thing, but how do we create a safe, secure and complicated password and recall it when we need it? Well, here’s how I learned about how to create a secure password that you can remember forever.
The philosophy of an unbreakable password: The longer the password, the harder it is to break.
Consider up to 12-character password or longer. There are several things to avoid: names of family members, places, dictionary words, dates of birth and other personal information. But, you can always mix it up. Use variations on capitalization, spelling, numbers, and punctuation. These three generic rules make it harder for hackers to crack your password. The tactics applied by hackers have advanced to an amazing efficient level, so it’s important to be unusual with the passwords you create. Here’s an example from one of the security experts about just how far password crackers have come. Hackers are using different dictionaries: English words, names, foreign words, phonetic patterns and so on for roots; two digits, dates, single symbols, capitalization and so on for additions. They run the dictionaries with various capitalization’s and common changes: “$” for “s”, “@” for “a”, “1” for “L”, 7 for “t” and so on. This deduction strategy quickly breaks about two-thirds of all passwords. Recent password breaches to websites have shown how insecure many of our passwords are. Here is the list of the most common passwords by years:
If you’re interested in the strength of your password, you can use online resources to check the strength – NOTE: Never enter your real password This service exists for educational or concept test purposes only)
http://www.passwordmeter.com/ or https://password.kaspersky.com/ or http://password-checker.online-domain-tools.com/
To outline the importance of a long, random, unique password, the online inspector has specific fields to show your password’s variation, its position in dictionaries, and the time it would take for an attacker’s tool to crack it.
Below couple methods for choosing an unbreakable password: One of the problems to come up with a random, unbreakable password is that for some, a random password is hard to memorize. If you’re only typing in characters with no rhyme, point or reason—a truly random fashion—then you’ll probably have as hard time remembering it as someone cracking it. So it makes sense to go with a random password, one that is near to impossible for hacking software to recognize it. Here are a couple of methods to try.
Method one – Bruce Schneier method.
you choose a sentence and turn it into a password. The sentence can be anything personal, a quote from a movie or something memorable for you. Use the words from the sentence, then shorten and combine it in unique way to form a password. Here are some example that I put together:
- Wm^b4u9og()! = wake me up before you go go! (Wham)
- ThEk1ng0fthew()R1D! = the king of the world! (Titanic)
- MyM@MAA1VVay5SA!d = My Mama always said (Forrest Gump)
- H0Ust0nwEHav3 = Houston, we have (Houston, we have a problem – from Apollo 13)
Method two The PAO (Person-Action-Object) Method
Memorization and reminding techniques might help you remember an “unbreakable” password. At least, that’s the idea outlined by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. it suggests using the Person-Action-Object (PAO) method to create and store your “unbreakable” passwords. PAO got popular after Joshua Foer’s bestselling book Moonwalking with Einstein. The method works like this: you Select an image of an interesting place (Time Square). Select a photo of a familiar or famous person (Bonaparte). Imagine some random action along with a random object (Bonaparte chilling at time square)- BOnAP@R7EaTt!m3$Quare – from method one.
The PAO method of memorization has cognitive advantages; our brains remember better with visual, shared tips and with unusual outlines. Once you have created and memorized one or two PAO stories, you can generate more passwords.
The Most important step for the passwords: After creating your super-duper secure password, there is still one huge and mega important step remaining: Never, ever in your password history reuse the same password.
I know a lot of people disregard this part. Creating and memorizing an unique password is challenging on its own, nevertheless doing it multiple times. If a person will sign up at a new website or service once a day. That’s 30 new passwords a month, and I understand that not everyone can remember it all.
How do you succeed in creating unique passwords, never reusing it, and still log in with speed and efficiency (and without hitting the “forgot password” link)? Well, keep unique passwords for your most important tools, apps, and services (email, social media, banks and billing/payment sites). Use a common (but hard to crack) password for all the less important places.
One of the greatest tools is two-factor authentication if the site is offering it, always use it. With two-factor authentication, you receive a text message when you try logging in from a new device.
also, Don’t save passwords or use “remember me” on public computers. If you have to keep written passwords, stored them securely. Consider placing them in a very safe location so that only you have access to it.
Never provide your password over the phone to anyone! even if you get a call from the Microsoft.
Stay Safe and informed.