In 2011 I created a blog post about passwords that many people liked. Today I am updating that information.
Not much has changed in the past two years. Many people are still using passwords that are easy to crack and are using the same easy to crack passwords on multiple sites. I base this on the numerous stories that are still reported today about websites and databases being hacked.
Researchers say that the main reason for the number of compromised accounts is because of weak passwords. Many people are still using “password” as their password or the name of their children, dog, wife, etc.
Until biometric (finger print, retina scan or facial recognition) access control becomes commonplace, we still have to rely mostly on passwords to keep the bad guys away.
The article I wrote in 2011 talked about creating a password by taking the first letter of each word in a phrase\sentence that is easy for you to remember and adding a symbol and upper case letter(s). I still feel that this is much better than the type of passwords that many people use today. However, there is an even better way to create stronger passwords, use an entire phrase or sentence.
It is a fact; the length of a password makes it much harder to crack than how complex it is. If it takes the hacker too long to crack your password, he will just move on to an easier victim.
For example, this password –
is created by using the first letters of the sentence, “I really love premium ice cream” and adding a dollar sign and 01 on the end.
As you can see below, it would take 2 hours to 2 thousand years to crack the password (depending on how powerful the computer is doing the cracking). We can do much better than that.
All we have to do is use Ireallyloveicecream as our password.
It would take 2 trillion to 2 quintillion years to crack that password.
Yes, it takes longer to type, but it is more secure than the previous password. Over time, I think you will become accustomed to typing the password sentences you create.
So, do you want a password that will only take a few hours to crack or one that will take many, many, many years to crack?
Pick a password sentence that strikes a balance between:
Being easy to remember.
Is not so long that you will probably not use it.
John L. Jones