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Introduction

Often referred to as a passcode, passwords serve as a secret code to unlock something. Passwords are made up of alphanumeric characters, numbers, and symbols to form a unique combination.

Similar to locking the front door at home, passwords serve a similar purpose. Passwords are a line of defense to keep others out. The weaker the password, the easier it is for someone to gain access.

Bad Habits

Passwords have become a tiring nuisance to create and remember. Its extremely common for people to use a combination of names, dates, and experiences in passwords. Some get crazy by adding numbers or a special character at the end. More commonly is the reused or variants of the same passwords over and over.

Passwords typically resemble who we are, what we do, and where we are. As humans, it’s natural for us to want things simple and easy.

They are written down in books, sticky notes, or hidden at our desks. We store them, as remembered, in browsers, on our phones, and in ‘secret’ files on our computer. Passwords are always at our fingertips for convenience.

Something To Think About

Everything done to create, use and store passwords is common knowledge. There is nothing new that bad people are unaware of. They have designed programs with this knowledge in mind to hack and crack passwords.
  • Passwords with a length of 8-characters can be cracked in 4-hours.
  • Passwords with a length of 9-characters can be cracked in 5-days.
  • Passwords with a length of 10-characters can be cracked in 4-months.
Compounding the situation, organizations and websites are hacked all the time. Millions of user accounts are taken and sold. Each time this happens those millions of passwords become a list of common passwords people have used.  As this list gets larger and larger, it becomes harder and harder for humans to create a new password never used before.

Recommendations

If you are planning to change the way managing and using passwords your off to a great start. Keep in mind that change is never easy, so take your time doing it right.

We recommend investing in a password manager to help in the process. There are thousands of them on the market, some good and some great. Pick one you can use across all your devices, easy for you to use and one you can get help if needed.

Our overall recommendations:

  • Use unique passwords
  • Change passwords regularly
  • Use maximum lengths
  • Use a password generator
  • Use a password manager
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