Strong password: compose and remember

17 September 2019

Checking mail, downloading music and movies, checking a bank account, shopping in online stores and publishing statuses on social networks: we all use various online services every day. And actually, for each such service, we must have our own unique password. And of course, not “I am God” or “123456 ″, but something like“ & bkjMr3_k = ”, because it is precisely such meaningless and incoherent combinations that are really reliable. Now answer yourself (honestly) the question: “How strong are my passwords?”

It is a well-known fact that the convenience of entering and remembering a password should be in the very last place, however, almost all netizens adhere to the motto “I’ll certainly carry it over!” And use the names of children or their own birthdays in passwords. These passwords have never been a successful combination, but especially now, in the era of social networks, the use of simple passwords can be safely equated with criminal negligence. What is a strong password? And how can you easily and permanently remember it?

The role of strong passwords is becoming more important every day.

Modern password cracking programs allow hackers to crack several passwords per day. Moreover, your password may not be stolen during a massive and well-prepared attack. In some cases, it will be enough to look at the profiles on social networks, from which you can often compose a suitable password (because there you can easily see the names and birthdays of people close to you). Therefore, if you use social networks, be especially careful to make a strong password.

What is possible and what is not?

Warnings about choosing the password as complex as possible often do not lead to anything, and the combinations “12345” and “123456” lead by a margin in the frequency of use as a password (to spite crackers, many services prohibit such combinations when registering).

Password must not be:

- Name

- Commonly used word

- Dictionary expression

- Part of the email address

- Combination shorter than eight characters

- Any data that you know about anyone (note that your smartphone can be stolen)

Using the opposite method, we get the recommended password combination:

- The longer the better

- The more random, the better

- The more mixed, the better: a good password should contain at least four different types of characters, so we combine capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters, and we put them not at the beginning or end, but the best in the middle.

Find and remember a strong password

Of course, you can drum in a chaotic manner with the keys on the keyboard and let the received password be not reliable, but certainly incoherent. One thing: who is able to remember such a password? Therefore, methods for compiling a password were invented.

Method one: make up the word

We select the word with which you have a certain association, for example, you ate two kilograms of tangerines at a time in childhood. Write this word on transliteration: “mandarinka”. Now it’s worth turning on the fantasy and modifying this word, for example, “a” can be replaced by “4” (due to the similarity of “A” and “4”). It turns out: “m4nd4rink4”. By analogy, replace “i” with “!”. Since two kilograms were eaten, add “2Kg” at the end. We get a very strong password “m4nd4r! Nk42Kg”. Of course, such a password cannot be remembered the first time, but after a certain amount of input by hand, it firmly settles in the head.

Method Two: Compose / Remember History

And the more absurd, the better, for example: "the bears were riding a bicycle." Using the method described in the first method, we get something like “eX4lIm3dv3d! N4v3l0S! P3d3”.

Additional tips

- Change your passwords every four weeks. Delete the history in the browser when you turn off the computer.

- Enter two passwords: one for services that you trust (for example, a credit card number) and the second for services that you do not trust.