How To Make Your Password Strong And Complex?

How To Make Your Password Strong? And What Is Password Complexity?

The best thing you can do to keep your password strong and from being cracked is to follow some rules when creating a new password or updating one that has become stale.

If any of your account passwords are: iloveyou, loveu, 12345678, 1234,0000, password, rockyou, princess, or abc123 then congratulations, you have one of the top most common and easily cracked passwords, according to a study done by security researchers at Imperva (IT Security Company).
How To Make Your Password Strong And Complex?
How To Make Your Password Strong And Complex?
If you want to make your password complex and strong enough to not get cracked by the black hat hackers or bad guys, Here are some tips on password building you can use to strengthen your password.

Make Sure Your Password Has At Least 12-15 Characters In Length

The longer the password the better. Automated password cracking tools used by black hat hackers can easily crack passwords under 8 characters in a short time period. A lot of people think that hackers try to guess a password a few times and then give up because the system locks them out or they move on to another account but this is not the case. Mostly hackers crack passwords by stealing a password file from a server, transferring it to their computer, and then use an offline password cracking tool to pound away at the file with a password dictionary who has millions of passwords or brute-force attacking method. Given enough time and computing resources, most poorly created passwords will be cracked.

Adding some digits into your password may increase the time it takes to crack your password from a few hours to a few years.

Use Special Characters In Your Password

Use at least two upper-case letters, four lower-case letters, four numbers, and two special characters. If your password is only made up of lower-case alphabet letters, then you have just reduced the number of possible choices of each character to 26. Even a long password made up of one type of character can be cracked fastly. Use a variety and use at least two or four of each type of character.

Never Use Whole Words In Your Password

Make your password as random as possible. Many automated cracking tools first use "dictionary attack" method to crack the password. The tool takes a specially made "password dictionary file" and use it against the stolen password file. For instance, the tool will try "password, password1, PASSWORD, PASSWORD1" and all other variations that would be most commonly used or available in that password dictionary file. There is a high probability that someone used one of these simple passwords and the tool will quickly find a match using the password dictionary method without even having to move on to the brute-force attacking method.

Do Not Using Personal Information in Password

Do not use your initials, birth date, your kid's names, your pet's names, your lover name, your crush name or anything else that could be gleaned from your Facebook profile or other social sources of information about you.

Do Not Using Keyboard Patterns In Password

Another one of the top 20 most common passwords was "QWERTY". Many people become lazy and would rather just roll their fingers over the keyboard like a caveman instead of having to come up with a complex password. Given this fact, password dictionary attack tools test for keyboard pattern-based passwords. Try to avoid using any kind of keyboard pattern or any patterns at all.

The key to strong password construction comes down to a combination of length, complexity, and randomness. If you follow these basic principles, then it may be a very long time before the bad guys crack your password. Maybe they'll give up and we can all live in peace. Keep dreaming.

What is Password Complexity?

Password complexity is a term used to make a password more strong and unbreakable. A complex password uses different types of characters in unique ways to increase security and reduce risk of crack a password via password dictionary or brute force method.

The password contains characters from three of the following categories:

1. Uppercase letters of European languages (A through Z, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)

2. Lowercase letters of European languages (a through z, sharp-s, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
Base 10 digits (0 through 9)

3. Non-alphanumeric characters (special characters): (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/) Currency symbols such as the Euro or British Pound are not counted as special characters for this policy setting.

4. Any Unicode character that is categorized as an alphabetic character but is not uppercase or lowercase. This includes Unicode characters from Asian languages.
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