Using a Seed Word to Generate Category Passwords

 I highly recommend organizing your online accounts into categories.  (If you need a refresher, here’s my original post.)

For sites which fall into categories 8 – 11, it is okay for your passwords to be similar to one another.  However, they should each have at least 3 unique characters and be no shorter than 8 characters long.  It is only for websites in these categories that I would advocate using the method outlined below.

This method uses a number mapping schema.  Read the rest of this entry »

Password Tip #3 – Type-ability

The best passwords are those that you can recall from memory and those that you can type easily.  Combining the two is not always easy, but I believe it is worth taking a few extra minutes to make sure that a password is type-able!

While the sample password ssP!0Nnkge from this post, might be easy to recall from memory, is it easy to type? Read the rest of this entry »

Converting two common words into a strong password

Sometimes making a word or phrase into your password does not seem to add strength to it.  Here is another approach, where the idea is to use some of the more common replacement techniques for strengthening passwords and a randomizing effect.  So, like my prior post on creating a strong password, I will begin with the rules and then follow it with several examples.

  1. Start with two dictionary or common terms, the total length should be between 9 and 12 characters
  2. Capitalize the second letter in the first word and the third letter in the second word
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Convert a simple word into a strong password!

The password creation method from this post is outlined below.

  1. Start with a dictionary word or short phrase, between 8 and 16 characters in length.  This is your seed.
  2. Pick three of the letters in your seed.  Find a good reason for choosing those letters.
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Password Tip #2

Start Small

Don’t try to change all your passwords and your entire password generation process in one shot.  It takes time to develop a method that works for you.

Let’s all start today and stop creating accounts using our tried-and-true password.  You know, that one you’ve used for every website from Yahoo! and Google to eBay and iTunes. Read the rest of this entry »

The Numbers behind Password Strength

Do not fear, I’m not taking you back to math class!  Instead, I just want to demonstrate how adding more elements to your password increases its strength.

Let’s start with several examples

  1. 123456: This password is one of a million possible 6-digit numeric passwords. 
  2. abcdef: This password is one of over 308 million possible 6-character lower case passwords.
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Realistic Password Security

While my post about strong passwords lists out the definition and shows some examples of what experts believe are the best types of passwords, those are probably less than realistic for the average home user.

This post describes my opinion of the minimum requirements for securing your online self.

  1. Create a password with at least 8 characters
  2. Be sure to use at least one UPPER case, one lower case and one number in each password you create
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