See that? You know what that is? An easy, random sequence of random characters and numbers I made up. That’s honestly how my actual passwords look. But you know what? My real password is over 50 characters, and uses a mix of random characters, much like the one above, however, obviously much longer.
Now, I know, not everyone can take a password like that and memorize it, especially if it’s 50 digits long. I don’t write ’em down either. I don’t see a point to writing down a long password somewhere, if someone finds it, it doesn’t matter how long it is. No, I’m not a machine, but then again, who knows.
So, I went to Microcenter to drop off my Laptop. It had been giving me issues for the longest time and, you know what? I left my 50 digit password on the thing and the technicians are having issues logging into my computer. Now, I know that it’s going to take a while longer for me to get my laptop back. But, it feels so good knowing it’s giving them this much trouble.
Hopefully, it means that if the thing ever gets stolen, it would be useless. Moreover, I wouldn’t care if those guys wiped my entire hard drive on that computer. Nothing important is even on the thing anyway.
But, i figured I’d take the time to talk about passwords today.
Now, if you have something like your name (or someone you know) followed your birthday, keep in mind that there are programs out there that guesses passwords one after another, until it finds one that works. If you use all lowercase letters and no symbols, it shouldn’t take very long.
But yeah, I get it, 50 characters…. Beyond excessive. And, what do you do with something like that? Use it over again? No….
Yes, I have a 50 digit password for my computer. Okay, so admittedly, I used the same 50 digit password for both my main computers. But, these passwords are something that I do not use online. There’s reasons… Take the PlayStation Network, for example… After they were hacked, I made a 40 digit password. PSN wont let you create anything longer than that. The password itself, features random numbers, letters and is dissimilar from the password I use on my computers.
Here’s some of the things I do, though.
Throw together some numbers that sound good together to you. Don’t make it anything that exists already, like your birth date, phone number, or something. Start with a number…. say… 7. 702…. 103… Those sound good to me… But, let’s add more numbers. The number 28 for good measure. Say it in your head… 702, 103.. 702… 103… Just don’t forget the 28 at the end… And, there you have it.. two easy, three-digit numbers. With 28 at the end.
I recommend keeping these numbers committed to memory for at least two days before trying to put them into a password.
So, now we have 70210328. Totally random numbers Not a phone number, not a social, or anything remotely important.. Now, let’s add some letters. How about a game? Rock Paper Scissors…
okay, so now we have
R-P-S70210328 We’ve got hyphens now! Cool!. But, it’s still not good enough. No, let’s get excessive! Let’s take a company. How about time warner cable? Let’s throw that in after the numbers.
R-P-S70210328twc lowercase letters added.. And now, we’re almost there… But, you know what? Padding is good for password strength (sequential symbols)
&*(*& that’s actually just 789 in forwards and reverse with the shift key held down. (Look at your keyboard.) And so, we have it… Sadly, the way my memory works, I’ve already accidentally remembered this password. However, I wont be using it of course. No one should. Just use this as reference for making your own.
Anyway, we have:
This is nothing compared to my other passwords. The numbers get ridiculous. However, employing a password like this onto your devices will help keep you safe.. Just make sure you commit them to memory for a few days before actually using them.
Now, passwords are supposed to be stored safely away, but some companies don’t. So, what happens, is that hackers come along, steal all the passwords in the database and can look them all over with no issue, so having a long password only goes so far.
But, on the subject of internet safety, how about this….
You know those questions that ask you “Where were you born?” and etc. in case you need to reset your password? Here’s a tip… Answer the question with another password, or something that makes no sense.
Some sites allow you to come up with your own questions. Don’t make a question that makes sense.
“How much today fits for after Friday when it’s Pluto inside?”
This will stump just about everyone who thought to themselves, “It should be easy, I know where they live and their name.” Yeah, the people who know you.
I’m aware not everyone will be willing to try this, but something like 80% of passwords in use today are simple. Even if I’ve inspired one person to come up with something more difficult, I’m happy.
Again, following what’s been said on this post will not make you impervious, but it will make you better than you are right now.
Thanks for the read, and please, check out my other posts. I appreciate it.