Kanye with the expert 000000 passcode pic.twitter.com/blUMExjfnN
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) October 11, 2018
If your password is: “password123456” or anything similar (or 00000, looking at you, Kanye West) – it is not going to be effective. You may think that using a long and complicated password, such as; “YourName+yourDOB” will protect your account. Bad news – this is not the case.
If you’d like to find out where these recommendations come from and why you should follow them – have a look at this short video which shows how passwords are currently being “guessed” by software and algorithms.
Rather than give you a list of recommendations, we would like to guide you through few steps you can follow to satisfy all usual password requirements and keep your accounts safe.
Pick your favourite symbol from the below list and your favourite number (you should be able to easily locate it on any keyboard:
! @ £ $ % & ? = * # / \ ( ) > <
Come up with 4 random, short and unrelated words
(for example: seven, zebra, scooter, wind )
Think of 7 zebras riding a scooter with a wind in their hair – this will stick with you
Replace every “X” letter in each word with your favourite number (for example we will replace every second letter with 9. Like this: s9ven)
Capitalise every “Y” letter in each word (we will capitalise every last letter. Like this s9veN)
Connect all words with your favourite symbol. In our example we get:
Congratulations – you are done. You have created a very secure password.
Word of caution – remember that if you use the same password for all of your different accounts out there, your best password is only as good as the easiest to hack website where it’s stored. Each different account should have its own unique password. If you can’t face having completely different passwords maybe create one strong base password like the one above and then add a specific encrypted word at the end (or in the middle) which describes the account, like this: f9ceboOk or a9azOn or s9insburYs