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How to Create a Password to Last 552 Quadrillion Years

How to Create a Password to Last 552 Quadrillion Years
We all know passwords are important, Luke explains how to create a password that takes 552 quadrillion years to crack based on the newest password advice.

The best practice for passwords is something that is often discussed in IT. There are lots of different opinions when it comes to the best method of ensuring your password is “secure”. But with password brute force tools getting smarter every single day, we must up our game when it comes to creating the best, most unbreakable passwords.

Previously, the following complex password method has been popular….
Pick a sentence, using the first letter of each word to make up the characters in the password, then add complexity after.

Example:
Resolve does IT support in the City of Sheffield
Would become
rdisitcos
Which in turn would become
Rd1s!tc0S

However, although these passwords are difficult for people to remember, they are easy-peasy for a computer to crack. Plus, due to the fact people can’t remember them, they write them down, which immediately makes them insecure – and they keep them short which vastly lowers the time it takes to crack the password.

The example above looks like a relatively complicated password but look how quickly a computer can crack it…

 

So, I think we are all agreed that we need a new method. Luckily, there is a new method and I am about to explain it…

This new method helps you create a secure password that is easy for a human to remember, difficult for a human to guess and complex enough that a computer can’t guess it quickly. Perfect!

All you need to do is this:
Pick three or four random words (they can be themed if you like), join them together to make a longer password, then add complexity, example below:
Pick four words:
Blue, Fish, Carrot, Sauce
Which would become:
bluefishcarrotsauce
and with a dash of complexity:
Blu3F!shC4rr0tSauc3

This is relatively easy to remember and even adds extra layers of security through obscurity. When I run it through the password security checker I get the following…


I think it’s safe to assume that you’d change your password way before the 552 quadrillion years is up, so I would count this as a secure password.

Here’s a few tips to help you in your password creation:
Never share your password
Minimum character length of 12-16 characters (three to four words)
Use special characters and numbers throughout the password, not just at the end
Special characters are !”£$%^&*[]{}#~’@></-+*=_
Where possible try not to save passwords, unless you’re using software such as LastPass or another password manager.

If you want to put your passwords to the test visit: https://howsecureismypassword.net/

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