Every time we create a password, we are aiming to protect ourselves from hackers. Otherwise it’s really just another foolish exercise. Along the way much has been said about the habits that lead us to hackable passwords: the prevalence of 123456, abcdef, or birthdays, pet names, grandmas and the like. Instead of thinking of the hacker as a person, it’s worth noting that a hacker is really a piece of software, capable of trying hundreds of thousands of combinations in a jiffy – we get that it’s created by a person. Consequently, finding a common word takes about three minutes. A random six letter password could take as along as a month while an uncommon word could take just over an hour. Of course since this is all up to chance, the hacker could stumble upon one of these on the first or second try.
Among the best options for unhackableness (yes, it’s not a true word), are passwords that combine upper case and lower case letters, and even better if they also have numbers. A password such as, “H5n*Y>”would be tougher to hack. But then again, you run the risk of forgetting it, and where’s the fun in that. Experts in the secure password, field of study recommend some simple solutions to this dilemma. Create a password that’s more than one word. “I c you,” for instance could take months for a robo checker to figure out. If you have more than six letters you could add easy to remember phrases such as, “I m a free skier.” A password with three or more words is thought to be nearly impossible to hack. And if you can’t use spaces, consider “I-m-a-free-skier,” or some variation on that theme.
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