How to Create Bulletproof Passwords

Reblogger Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
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Original content by Robert Siciliano

It is a hassle to keep track of all of your passwords. So, many people use the same username and password combination for all of their accounts. This, however, is a big mistake. All it takes is one hacker getting ahold of one of your accounts, and the rest of your accounts are now compromised. Thankfully, there is a pretty easy way around this…One way is a password manager and for those who don’t trust them, try below.

Creating Passwords that are Unique

The best passwords are 14 characters. Passwords that are shorter are statistically much easier to guess. If a site doesn’t allow a password that is 14 characters, you can adapt the following to fit:

Make a list of all websites you have a username and password for, and then make lists categorizing them. For instance, put all of your social media sites together, your email sites, your shopping sites, and banking sites.

Next, create an eight-character password. This will be used as the first part of every password that you create. For instance, it might look like this:

H76&2j9@

Next, look at your categories. Create a three-character password for those. So, you might do this:

  • Social media sites – SM$
  • Email sites – @eM
  • Shopping sites – $ho
  • Banking sites – BaN

Finally, the last three characters of the 14-character password will be specific to the website.

Let’s say you are creating a password for your Facebook account:

Eight-character + three-character (category) + three-character (unique to site)

So, your password for Facebook would be:

H76&2j9@SMSg5P

This is now a very strong password ad for some of you that is much easier to remember. But not me, above doesn’t work for me. More in a minute…When you have to change your password in the future, you can keep the final six characters and just change the first eight.

So, how do you remember the first part of the password? One way is to just write it down in a secure location. Don’t keep in near the computer, though. Another thing that you can do is to create a passphrase, which makes it easy to remember a password.

Let’s use this phrase

“My sister asked me for milk and butter.” If you take the first letter of all of those words, you would have this:

MSAMFMAB

This could be used as your eight-character common denominator.

You can even go further and make it more secure by swapping out some of the letters with numbers or symbols:

M3AM4MA8

Now, the common part of the password is even more difficult to guess, yet still fairly easy to remember. You can also use this method for the shorter part of the password, or even come up with your own methods for password success.

Oh and that “in a minute” comment…just use a password manager and forget the above madness. My password manager created this: *zWo5j!wUxCVWV and it means nothing and I’ll never remember it because my password manager serves as my memory now.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.

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Rainer
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Thanks for sharing this information and tips about creating more secure passwords. 

Dec 23, 2018 06:39 AM #1
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Hi Fred... I remember reading this when Robert first posted it. My head spun then and now it's spinning again!

Dec 23, 2018 07:21 AM #2
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Fred,

We have one pass for all our passwords, and it has been a delight to use it.  Wishing you a delightful holiday.  A

Dec 23, 2018 07:55 AM #3
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Nina Hollander  comment #2

      Same here!  I posted this because it reminds us to be "Password Aware".  

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  Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

         With respect, I don't trust any online or in the cloud password master system.  But that's just me.  

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Fred,

This advice was given to us by Ron's childhood best friend.  Her son works in network security and his thought is that is easier to hack an excel sheet on someone's hard drive, (which is what we had) than this system.  Rest assured that any password that may be detrimental to our well being is not on line or an harddrive.  A

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Fred stopping by on ths Christmas Day to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

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Hi, George Souto 

 Merry Christmas to you and yours, George.  Happy Holidays!

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Oh my! I thought my method was difficult - this is very similar but, I do see something that I need to do to change a few, using his tactic. Thanks for sharing, Fred!

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