The difference between a strong and a weak password

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When you create an account somewhere or when you need to pick a password to secure your web server, the advice always is to pick a strong password. It’s a bit of weird advice, much like telling someone to pick a good man or woman if you want to marry. If you didn’t think the person was a good person, you wouldn’t have married, and if you thought your password was weak, you wouldn’t have picked it. Luckily there’s a simple way to pick a strong password.

Unlike what you may think, strong or weak, are not just a matter of opinion, there are criteria that define what’s strong and what’s weak. For example, you may think that iwasbornonthefourthofjuly is a strong password, when in fact it’s not. It’s not weak because it’s easy to guess (unless you really are born on the fourth of July), it’s weak because a password generator would be able to crack this password very quickly. So what can we do to make it a little stronger? Well first of all, we can take the word four, and turn it into the number 4. So then we would have the password iwasbornonthe4thofjuly, which is stronger, but still not strong enough. It needs at least two numbers to be a medium password, so it would have to be iwasbornonthe14thofjuly or iwasbornonthe4thofjuly1979.

Is it a strong password now? No, it still isn’t (yes I know, life is hard, live with it). Now, you need to add capitals and symbols. Something that would result in the password !Iwasbornonthe4thofjuly1979#. Now that is even a little strong password. And don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be that long, as long as it has symbols, capitals, numbers and letters. That’s a combination that’s still not impossible to hack, but why would a hacker try to hack a difficult one, if there are thousands of people that use a weak password?

Truely I would say that you need to choose a password that has no sequential algorithm. I don’t think I really know what those words mean but what I’m trying to say is that it should be something that can never be guessed. It really should be a combination of letters (capitol and lowercase) numbers, and symbols that have no relation to each other, just totally random.
something like lQp!96R; . Now that is a secure password and no it’s not mine 🙂

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