“password” is NOT a secure password…
Posted: Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 by Ted
…neither is password1 or a multitude of other passwords that people use everyday thinking that they’re protecting their email addresses, website log ins and a multitude of other every-day things that need a password. While it’s difficult to try and remember what your password is for every website and email address you have, it’s also important to know that if someone cracks the password for one thing, they could potentially just use that same password for any other site you use!
I recently came across a website with the top 500 worst passwords and found, to my horror, a password that I used (emphasis on used) was in the top 50! As soon as I saw that, I logged into all the sites that used that password and changed them to something much more secure.
So, what is a good password? Well, that’s not an easy answer really, but I can make three suggestions off the top of my head here:
- Use a random password generator like this one. While a total pain to try and remember, the odds of a randomly-generated password being guessed are high to none, especially if you used mixed case, special characters and numbers.
- Use a passphrase instead of a password. Something like, “This is my email password” isn’t easily guessed but easy to remember.
- Adding to the passphrase idea, try mixing that up as well but adding numbers, mixed case and special characters. “Th1s i5 my 3ma1l pa55w0rd!” is very secure and also pretty easy to remember.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful and, if you have anything to add, please feel free to add your thoughts to the Comments section.