Cyber security – setting up passwords

Help frustrate a hacker for two centuries!

In the last post on 30th January, we listed the time it takes for hackers with access to sophisticated technology to crack passwords of different length and complexity.  Now, as promised, we’ll deal with a method for setting up passwords unlikely to be cracked.

As Berthold Holm of Antares Computers pointed out in his presentation in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, weak passwords are those that are logical, recognizable and short. For example, “Rover”, “26June88”, “MaryJ!” and so forth. These can be cracked in minutes, some of the weaker ones, in seconds. Much stronger passwords follow no logical pattern, make no apparent sense, and are longer. For example, “H7q!Jyd8g0Gc” or “nM4Rgx2dQ$3o”. These are the 12-character passwords that can take two centuries to crack.

But, the big question is how do you remember such a password? Well, Berthold suggests using a sentence as a memory aid. His example is: “My dog Rosie was born in 2015 and weighs 120#”. Use the bolded characters as follows: My dog Rosie was born in 2015 and weighs 120#, and you have the following password: MdRwbi2015aw120#.

Help frustrate a hacker for two centuries!