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How strong is your password?

Whenever we are asked to input a new password we get reminders on the strength of our choice.


Yet manufactures still issue ridiculously easy passwords initially.
Password, 0000, 1234 etc.

California is at the forefront to stop this practise.

From the BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45757528
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My review of that issue is that the requested methods are easier to break than something like this:

Myreviewofthatissueisthattherequestedmethodsareeas iertobreakthansomethinglikethis:


One long sentence without spaces and that is easy to remember.

When you have to add special characters, it doesn't make it harder to break, just harder to remember.

Of course, I've come across sites that say between 5 and 8 characters ONLY. Stupid.

edit-strange, my posted "suggested" pw has a break in the word "easier" but when I look in the edit aspect, there is no break


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R***ly?

Depends on what you use

I try not to use the 'remember my password' offer.
It's a sure fire way that when you really need it, you won't know it.

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I try not to use the 'remember my password' offer.
It's a sure fire way that when you really need it, you won't know it.
Yes agree, if Your Laptop/Phone crashes & burns, You have no passwords....!!

The other issue with Your browser remembering Your Passwords, if You Laptop/Android phone gets hacked, somewhere on the device will be a list of all Your passwords.....
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There's two things needed for a good password
1. it needs to be complex (so use at least 3 out of lower and upper case characters, numbers and extended characters like :@$Ł%

2. use a different password for every site.

Now for No 1 you can see how secure your password is here..
https://howsecureismypassword.net/
just try 'Mercedes' then add SLK, then a ! and see how much longer it would take to hack.

For No 2, this is really IMPORTANT! If you use the same password for different sites you're running a massive risk. You only hear about hacks on the big players Yahoo!, Facebook, TalkTalk, Dropbox but it's the small sites that get hacked and you'll never know about it, so never change your password.

So, this is how I've been told to make a good password that's different on every site...
1st choose 2 unconnected words
2nd make it complex by converting some letters into numbers or adding symbols
i.e ‘Blue Rapid’ could be ‘Blu3 [email protected]!d’.

This is now your ‘base’ password which is always the same, into this you add different numbers for each site by converting the first 2 characters of the site address into numbers.

So www.tesco.co.uk would use characters ‘T’ and ‘E’
These equate to ‘20’ and ‘5’ when counted through the alphabet with A=1, B=2, C=3 etc

So, the password for TEsco would be [email protected]!d
The password for SLkworld would be [email protected]!d
And the password for AMazon would be [email protected]!d

You now have an easy to remember password that’s complex and different for every site.

I find this really works well because the complex password remains the same, you find it easy to remember as you're using it all the time and just adding in the different numbers.

The other option is to use a password manager like lastpass https://www.lastpass.com/ as this makes and stores very complex passwords for each of your sites.

And lastly, if you need a secure password and can't think of one, go to this site and each time you'll be given secure password. https://www.dinopass.com/password/strong

Hope this helps.

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