Password Security

I found this image on the net and I would have endorsed it whole heartily in the past but my choice of passwords has changed recently.

(c) zonealarm

One of the reasons for making passwords cryptic was to stop the casual observer keyboard watching your password. Now though we tend to use our own machine so the need to protect against observers has lessened. However recent GPU based password crackers have rendered this method of password creation virtually obsolete, so we need a new way to remember passwords.

We are no longer limited to 8 character passwords (can you guess why the limit was 8?), so we could use a sentence. The chances are though, there will be password dictionary based on song lyrics or movie quotes along any day now and Artificial Intelligence might make a good stab at these in the future. So we need a way of remembering passwords that are strong and hard to brute force. I found this image that conveys this perfectly.


So the next time Facebook or Glow asks you to create a password, try and think outside the box.

REMEMBER attempting to access someone else’s account is illegal and a breach of the Computer misuse act in the UK. The Internet makes it easy to access computers around the world and some countries have more severe penalties.