April 19th, 2011
Passwords are a major part of digital life, and in an attempt to regain some form of privacy, the more complex the password, the better.
Privacy is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, as invasive advertisers, government snoopers and scam artists invade almost every aspect of daily life, the need for secure passwords has become a necessity.
But what makes a password secure?
Gone are the days when you could safely use a family members name or birthday to secure your online access. Now it is recommended that you use a combination of:
- at least 6 character(s).
- have upper and lower case characters.
- have at least 1 or more digit(s).
- include special characters such as: ! @ # $ % & * ( ) - + = , > : ; " ..
- change your password at regular intervals.
The more random the password the better. To generate a truly random password, you may want to try a random number generator site such as the Random Key Generator, which is an excellent site designed specifically to produce completely random combination's of characters and numbers. Perfect for passwords.
As secure as these generated passwords are, they are not the easiest to remember. A good compromise on memory and security is to create a secure password based on a theme. This can be done with the substitution of letters in a word or words with numbers and or characters.
The word "hurry" could become hUrry66 or Hur5ry
You get the idea...