Jan 25, 2013

Setting up a secure password

We were surprised to learn that some of the leading sites (LinkedIn, Dropbox) got hacked recently. The problem is that most of us have one or two passwords we use across multiple websites. This can cause a significant problem when a hacker discovers one of these passwords and gains access to virtually all the user’s accounts. Fortunately, there are two simple steps to creating an uncrackable password.

1. Create an Acronym as Your Base Password

Think of a sentence, something like “I like walking in the park on a sunny day”, or a refrain from your favorite song like “Billie Jean is not my lover, she’s just a girl who claims that I am the one” and take the first letters of the words. In the latter case, it would be BJINMLSJAGWCTIATO - nearly impossible to crack, but super easy for you to remember.


2. Modify for Each Website

Create a rule, where you append the base password with a variation based on the name of the site. It might be the first vowel, repeated twice, followed by the second consonant of the site’s name. So for Yahoo Mail, it would be AAH. For Dropbox it would be OOD. Or something like that.  Now you have 1 set of rules, which are very easy for you to remember, but virtually impossible to crack. Best part, if any of the sites get hacked, your password will be completely safe.


Extracted from http://blog.sanebox.com

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