Monday, August 12, 2013

Unhackable Passwords and How to Create Them

Passwords need to be crazy, unwieldy, random, impossible to remember strings of unrelated letters and numbers that don't relate to anything remotely relevant to you (e.g., birth date, year graduated from college, wedding date, name of pet, mother's maiden name, place of birth, favorite color.)

Automated hacking programs deal specifically with a wide array of password formulas and typical user trends, like using "password 123" or "company"as a lazy, defiant, and easily guessed pw.

The most popular passwords:

1. password

2, 123456

3. 12345678

4. abc123

5. qwerty

6. monkey

7. letmein

8. dragon

9. 111111

10. baseball

Dictionary Attack programs try every known English word in the world, and millions of combinations thereof, to solve logical, semantically meaningful, or playfully nonsensical real word password riddles for malicious individuals who want to gain access to your information and account activity by hacking.

Even using special characters, non-word groups of scrambled letters and irrelevant numbers, you have no guarantee that a password is unhackable, unguessable, when criminals are using advanced technological tools and sophisticated algorithms. Massive, lightning-speed calculations can be performed to stumble upon and  unlock the key to your digital identity: your password code.

Write these senseless, irrelevant, randomized characters into a password book, along with user login name and/or email account, and laboriously type them in, referring to the password book, when needed, without relying on a memorized phrase that makes sense to you.

For example, here's a "not so easy to hack" password:


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