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Ideas For A Good Password

A password is the digital equivalent of a key that you use to unlock or retrieve information. The stronger the password, the more secure it is against theft by hackers and identity thieves. Hackers have a few ways of guessing passwords. The most time-consuming approach is to try out every combination of letters, numbers and characters on the keyboard until they reach the right one.

Another methods hackers may try is to type out all the common or easy-to-guess words and combinations like"123456", "abcdef" or "iloveyou" A password thief could also be someone you know who tries out various combinations of keystrokes relating to information about yourself or family members like dates of birth or nicknames.

He could also observe the way your fingers move over the keyboard as you type your password and try it out for himself. So how do you create a good password and protect it? Know what makes a bad password. Anything that is personal and easy to guess is a bad idea.

Don't Use The Following

  • Letters or numbers alone
  • Names of spouses, children, girlfriend or boyfriend, pets
  • Phone numbers, IC numbers or birthdates
  • Same word as your login name or ID
  • A word that can be found in a dictionary
  • Obvious sequences like "123456" or consecutive keystrokes on the keyboard.

Good Password

A good password is one that is easy to remember, but difficult to guess. Passwords should contain at least eight characters and have a combination of numbers, symbols and upper and lower case letters. Also get into the habit of creating a new password every few months. One way is to substitute letters with characters and numbers in a password.

For example, instead of "luckydog", try "1ukcYD0g" Use upper-case letters throughout the password. You could also create what looks like a random string of characters, but actually has a meaning. It could be the initial letters of words from a poem or song. For example, "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, up above the world so high" becomes "t2*uAwsH".

Never Write It Down

Commit the password to memory. If you are afraid you will forget it, practice typing it on the keyboard until you remember it. Never give out your password to friends or colleagues. If you have to reveal it to them because you need their help with something, change it immediately when the task is completed.


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