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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

IT Tip for March 2013 - How to Create Strong Passwords



Strong passwords are an important protection to help you protect your data.

Keys to password strength: length and complexity

An ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers.

• Whenever possible, use at least 8 characters or more.
• The greater the variety of characters in your password, the better.
• Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often.

Create a strong password you can remember 

There are many ways to create a long, complex password. Here is one way that may make remembering it easier:

Start with a sentence or two (about 10 words total). Think of something meaningful to you.
For example take he following sentence:

"Long and complex passwords are safest. I keep mine secret." (10 words)
Turn this sentences into a row of letters. Use the first letter of each word.
= lacpasikms (10 characters)

Add complexity. Make only the letters in the first half of the alphabet uppercase.
= lACpAsIKMs (10 characters)

Add length with numbers. Put two numbers that are meaningful to you between the two sentences.
= lACpAs56IKMs (12 characters)

Add length with punctuation. Put a punctuation mark at the beginning.
= ?lACpAs56IKMs (13 characters)

Add length with symbols. Put a symbol at the end.
= ?lACpAs56IKMs" (14 characters)

Common password pitfalls to avoid 

Cyber criminals use sophisticated tools that can rapidly decipher passwords.
Avoid creating passwords using:

• Dictionary words in any language.

Words in all languages are vulnerable.

• Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, and abbreviations.

• Sequences or repeated characters.

Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (qwerty).

• Personal information.

Your name, birthday, driver's license, passport number, or similar information.
Protect your passwords from prying eyes

The easiest way to "remember" passwords is to write them down.

It is okay to write passwords down, but keep them secure. 

This content appeared in http://btechnologies.com/how-to-create-strong-passwords/ and is reproduced with permission.

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