The Common Mistakes That Make Your Passwords Weak

In a post by Jeff Fox on State of the Net points out, what is pretty much common knowledge these days is hackers use software to crack your passwords, and the longer the password the harder it is for them to crack. But just because you use a long password does not insure that you have selected a secure password. Turns out there are common patterns that people use that end up making passwords more obvious. Don’t be a victim in 2015, learn to create and use better passwords.

Common Mistakes:

• Starting with an upper case letter followed by lower case letters
• When a password isn’t long enough, adding a letter or two to the base word
• Putting digits, especially two or four of them, before or after the letters
• When a special character is required, using “!” and putting it at the end
• Not using two special characters in the same password

Best Practices:

• Avoid beginning the password with an upper case letter—or maybe even any letter
• Create an acronym using the first letter of each word in a memorable sentence, as suggested by security expert Bruce Schneier: Example: t2cmlp,@yh (“Try to crack my latest password, all you hackers”) 
• Resist your natural tendency to mimic familiar words and phrases
• Use multiple special characters (@, ?, !, ~, &, etc.) in the same password
• Don’t always place digits adjacent to each other

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