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How to Make a Super-Secure Password

Computer passwords have the power to unlock vast troves of information, but some passwords are so simple that it’s easy for thieves to guess them.

A common best practice is to steer clear of using familiar passwords (like “iloveyou”) and to add symbols or numbers to your passwords to make them harder to guess.

However, attackers these days use computer programs to guess passwords and those programs can guess millions of passwords every second.

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A password that such attackers cannot guess needs to be long and random. But long random passwords are notoriously hard for mere humans to memorize.

According to the traditional advice—which is still good—a strong password:

  • Has 12 Characters, Minimum: You need to choose a password that’s long enough. There’s no minimum password length everyone agrees on, but you should generally go for passwords that are a minimum of 12 to 14 characters in length. A longer password would be even better.
  • Includes Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters: Use a mix of different types of characters to make the password harder to crack.
  • Isn’t a Dictionary Word or Combination of Dictionary Words: Stay away from obvious dictionary words and combinations of dictionary words. Any word on its own is bad. Any combination of a few words, especially if they’re obvious, is also bad. For example, “house” is a terrible password. “Red house” is also very bad.

A Trick For Creating Memorable Passwords

  • Replace some characters with your own characters, for example : a = “@” , s = $, i = ! , o = 0 ..etc
  • Use uppercase and lowercase letters with numbers
  • Use many of words but take apart from it , example: my home is the best home in the land == Myh0!stheBestme!Nthean

Mustapha Haouili

Software development engineer - It System Administrator with a successful experience from 14 years. Programming languages: Cobol - C# - Python - Shell Script. There is no problem without a solution

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