Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Life's governed by passwords

Life is so complicated these days when you have to remember hundred and one passwords. 

I just saw an email this morning saying that one of my account login passwords have been compromised and I was advised to change it.

Grrhh...I woke up at 5:16am and I shouldn't have checked my notifications. I spent the next 2 hours securing my accounts and I am only 20% completed.

I then began to wonder how safe my passwords are anyway.

I found this very interesting article: Calculating Password Complexity

In brief, it takes:

0.0085 seconds to break a password with all numbers like 123456789

1.8 seconds to break a password with all lower case like strawberry

7.6 minutes to break a password with a mix of lowercase and uppercase characters like capPuCciNo

31 minutes if we include in numbers in a 8 character password like r2d2c3PO

4 hours if we add in symbols for a 8 character password like %ZBGbc]8

4 years if we increase that to 10 characters

It is therefore advised that our passwords should be at least 10 characters long and one that uses upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

And we are not to use the same one on multiple accounts.

How are we then to create and remember all those passwords?! Worse when some accounts require us to change it every 30 to 90 days!

But here's an idea. 

I watched a video recently on LinkedIn Learning on how to improve your memory and there was a section on creating and remembering passwords. It quite simple actually though you do need some creativity and memory to remember it.

You make up a sentence and you use the first letter of every word in that sentence. For example, you can say Hi! My name is Chloe and I am 20 years old. How do you do?


Your password will be very strong and you'd actually remember it.

Awesome right?


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