Password Tip #4 – Self-imposed limitations

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I had my 13-month old daughter on my lap the other day as I was trying to enter a password  and realized that I had to do the whole thing with my left hand!  I hold her in my right arm and am not able to reach the keyboard with my right hand otherwise, she presses keys on the keyboard!

Imposing limitations decreases the overall complexity of a password by reducing the available pool of characters used.  It is therefore highly recommended to add length to your password!  My rule of thumb is to increase password length by one character every 4 elements removed from the available pool.

How to create your password:

  1. Identify your limitation
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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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What is a Strong Password?

According to Microsoft Online Safety and Wikipedia a strong password is one that is long and complex.

It is widely recommended that passwords contain UPPER and lower case letters, numbers and special characters and be around 14 characters in length.  While a password with that many components can seem daunting to create and remember, there are ways to make the task easier and more manageable.

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