Easy Password Tips… Because Passwords Are Important!
Don’t Skedaddle Away!
Many of you are going to see the word password in the title and skedaddle away looking for a tip you can sink your teeth into. However if you ever have your simple, easy-to-guess password stolen – you know the password you use for every site – you’re going to wish you would have skedaddled back here and read this tip.
We preach this a lot because it’s so important!
We preached and preached about using a good password manager like LastPass to create and manage passwords, but alas we realize that many of you are still not using a password manager… and some of you never well.
Strong passwords are very important and it’s almost as important that you never use the same passwords on sites that deal with money or sensitive information (Social Security number, credit card numbers, etc. home address, cell phone numbers, or anything other than a first name and an email address. *You can always use a throwaway email address too* ).
We have been around the computer world for a long time, so we know exactly why so many of you use simple passwords like ellen123 or bernie1950 . And we know why you use the same passwords over and over. Why? Because it’s difficult to remember strong complex passwords and it’s very frustrating when you log ins fail because your can’t remember your password(s). BUT AGAIN… you should never use the same password more than once on sites where your personal information is stored.
[These are all good reasons you should use a password manager like LastPass! ]
Finally! The easy password tips…
So, for those of you who continue to resist password managers, here are some tips on creating easy-to-remember, but strong and complex passwords from your old uncle TC and auntie EB.
Let’s say your favorite movie is Groundhog Day. You make as strong password from that, you know?
That’s simple, but all the letter o’s are zeros, and there are two capital letters and an @ for the letter a. And the asterisk at the end adds a symbol to create a very secure password. According to www.howsecureismypassword.net it would take a three million years for a hacker to crack that simple-looking password. And if the site requires a number, just change it to:
That one is good for 7 quadrillion years… and my friends that’s longer than even EB is going to be around.
What if your wife has nice eyes? And her name is Eileen?
And, husband of Eileen… you’re in luck. Even though that password is fairly short, it would take 34,000,000,000 years to crack that password.
Or what about your license plate, zip code, last 4 digits of your cell number and your first name. You can remember those things, right?
His Ohio license plate is ZL4639, his zip code is 43413 and the last 4 digits of his phone number is 4519 and his name is David. As you can see we used asterisks to separate them and the @ sign for the a in Daved. Oh so clever! And Dan, you’re pretty safe… according to www.howsecureismypassword.net it would take a computer 297 octillion years to crack it. (It would take me a long time to type out 297 octillion years. In fact, it’s a quadrillion quintillion: 1 followed by 48 zeros.
OK… now we’ve given you some ideas on how to create some pretty strong passwords that are easy to remember and almost impossible to hack. If you don’t want to use a password manager like LastPass, at least put our easy-to-use password tips to use!
Let’s see what I can do with Darcy’s name…
It would take octillions of years to crack that one. But I’m sure by then she would have paid me at least once.