Try creating your own simple password algorithm
Are you sick of going online, or watching the TV, and seeing the latest security scandal or hacking affair that has cost the government millions? Perhaps you are simply getting worried that your password is the same one for every website – well, here is a great method for having a unique password for all your websites, without writing it down or storing it somewhere.
You would think that people would perhaps come up with more engaging, hard-to-get passwords. However, don’t turn away now – there are some key points here you may not have considered regarding your password and safety.
Passwords, for a start, are less secure today thanks to the changes in technology over the last few years. Stronger hardware and malicious individuals with lots of free time tend to equal some kind of bad problem for everybody, so why are passwords still being left as ‘password1’ and stuff like this?
With even a cheap machine, somebody can use password software to go through millions of potential combinations every single second – how long do you think it will take them to find your own password if they are clearing billions of potential words every single second?
Hackers also read the same stuff that you do – they see the latest “tips” on how to protect your password, and how to get around these tips and source your password in minutes. Even if your password is ringing in at the top security level of ‘Password Security’ you should not listen to this, as most of the time it’s basing these estimations on really poor estimates of the strength of hacking equipment today.
One of the worst things you can do is use a predictable password in any capacity. Try and dodge things like the suggestions say of using a “unique” or “random” list of words or letters. First things first, if you make it a load of nonsense you’ll get logged in and if you make it too simple you will just get cracked in a matter of minutes.
Passwords that are like C98Cs$$HRNK3P1! are quite hard to trace, no matter who the hacker is. Unless they are using extremely sophisticated hardware, it’s going to be hard to track that password down in a series of algorithms. Password strength has never been more important, so ensuring that you have the opportunity and the ability to keep your documents and personal files safe is very important – don’t lose the opportunity and regret it!
Creating your own password algorithm that you can remember!
One good way to have a unique password for every site that you can actually remember is to create your own algorithm to create the password
It’s a lot easier than you may think!
If we applied a simple algorithm to your password for Twitter it could be:
- The first digit is the number of characters in the name of the website. ( ie: 7 )
- The second digit is the second letter of the website but one letter higher. ( ie: x )
- The third digit is an alternative symbol of your choice ( ie: $ )
- The fourth digit is the second letter of the name of the website but two letters higher. ( ie: y )
- The digit is the last letter of the name of the website but in capital letters. ( ie: R )
This would give us a unique Twitter password of: ‘7x$yR’ and if we applied the very same algorithm to your password on Facebook it would be “8b$dK”
That was just a shortened example and to lengthen it to something longer ( ideally 8 or more characters ) you can also add a few letters that always stay the same so adding ‘UK14’ for example would give us ‘7x$UK14yR’ for our Twitter password.
Try to create one for yourself that is varied, that uses uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
After using it for a while it will of course become second
You should end up with a great password that is different on every site – that you can actually remember!
Here’s a few more great tips: http://www.wikihow.com