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Video Blog#3: How secure is your password???

How many of you use very basic passwords on your computer / email / bank account etc?

Did you know that 70% of people use the same password for email / chat / banking / social websites etc. The 5 most common passwords are Password1, 123456, God, Sex & Money. The next most common is typically a spouse, child, or pet name. Most passwords are standard dictionary “guessable” words.

These passwords are typically known as “Plain Text” basic authentication and can easily be cracked and often are cracked by hackers who siphon off your bank account. So we need to make passwords like this more secure.

The majority of us cannot remember our keys and wallets most days, so we have no chance in remembering passwords like this “$1h4ccF4h1f40#”, or do we? So how can we keep things simple, but memorable.

Say that your current password is your cat’s name “freddie”, why not start by changing a few characters for numbers i.e. “fr3dd13” where 3 has replaced e, and 1 has replaced i.

Then add a capital letter like “Fr3dd13”. So now this password is a little more secure, but still only 7 characters long. To achieve stronger authentication, you really need 8 characters or more.

In order to make it more secure, add two symbols to your password i.e. “Fr3dd13#$”

Hackers using sophisticated password cracking software would still be able to decipher this password, but the person looking over your shoulder in the office probably wouldn’t.

Try this technique today! Or, if you want to be more cryptic, create a password using a story. i.e.

“I have a cat called freddie and he is fluffy and orange” translate this to a password using the first letter of each word (using capitals for names) and replacing vowels for numbers:

4=a, 3=e, 1=i, 0=o, 9=u

Your new cryptic password is “$1h4ccF4h1f40#” including a dollar symbol at the start and a hash symbol on the end giving you a 14 character strong authentication password. It sure beats “freddie”

Can you remember this new password now?

If you would like to know more please email sales@icewyche.co.uk or complete our contact form on the website.


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