How Strong are the Passwords That You Use?

Password - Are you using strong passwords?
@Muelitz (1592)
Canada
July 17, 2008 9:32am CST
Password strength is a measurement of the effectiveness of a password that we use to gain access to a system or our computers. The length, complexity, and randomness of the password we use determines its strength. Are you using simple passwords like the names of your kids/boyfriend/girlfriend or birth date? It is always easy to have a nice and easy memorable password but it is not very safe. If you are using such password, then you must think again and maybe change your password to a better and stronger one to be safe. Here are some tips for a good passwords:1. No Dictionary Words, Proper Nouns, or Foreign Words 2. No Personal Information 3. Length, Width and Depth (use special characters)Just Sharing, SFC
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@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
Hi Muelitz, Just a simple but broad password. I usually rumble some numbers and letters. Well, I got a hard time memorizing, that's why I see to it that's it;s easy for me to memorize those passwords. I don't use important information. In just s simple abbreviation. Thanks for the post and keep up th good work!
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@se7enthbird (8324)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
actually i dont know how strong is the password i use. for me its the easiest word i can remember. i always tell my wife what are my passwords and she is the one who usually remember it for me. but i know all the passwords i am using are safe because of i can remember it properly. if i can not remember it then it is not strong for i can no longer log in on that site har har har.
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@underdogtoo (9591)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
I agree that passwords are our main protection when it comes to electronic data. More dangerous than just keeping people off our private data is theft. Some malevolent people might want to steal our identities and cause havoc on our lives. Some sites have a meter for strong and weak passwords. Most of my passwords register as strong.
17 Jul 08
Hi Muelitz, That is very clever, thanks for the info. Tamara
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@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
17 Jul 08
My passwords are reasonably strong, in that they're in an archaic Scandinavian dialect not used for about six hundred years, and misspelled slightly to boot. No, really. So unless a semi-literate Viking raider gets hold of my unername anywhere and gets creative, I'm unlikely to be hacked by guesswork.
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@jessej9 (394)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
Hi, I'm using passwords with letters that have no connection with my name or with my relatives. Actually the password that I use today is just a random word that I encountered some time ago and it kind of sticked to me. The only problem really in generating many passwords is having to remember all of them and to which accounts they are to be used.
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• Philippines
17 Jul 08
good day...My password is quite strong with numbers, alphabets, special characters altogether. It doesn't contain any special information about me but rather the tacit ones. I change my password form time to time.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
17 Jul 08
Thanks for sharing you valuable inputs on the strength of passwords. Most people for the simple reason of ease of remembering land up in using short simple passwords. There are some websites that I have seen that show you how strong your password is as you are setting it.
@zeroflashx2 (2489)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
I usually have deep passwords. A combination of letters (lower and upper cases), numbers, special characters and even spaces if possible. But I do have a way of memorizing them even how complicated they seem to look like. it's a secret though. But some simple password that I only have immediate access to such as my cellphone. I usually have simple password for something important. A combination of birthdays, names and a few places/object I really like. I don't like them long but if the access is somewhat important, say it contains a lot of my information, I always go for the long one. Better to use it than compromise security. Take care!
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@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
17 Jul 08
Admittedly, no, I usually don't use very good passwords. Anyone who knows me well enough could get into my emails, most frequently used sites, etc. But those are the places where my account being sneaked into wouldn't really bother me a whole lot. The sites that I want to remain secure, like paypal for example, are equipped with passwords even *I* can't remember offhand, and I have to keep them in a password organizer. Usually a sequence of random letters and numbers, that come off as pure gibberish, so no one has a chance in ... you know where ... of getting in but me.
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@ArchTech (45)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
Well I use passwords with special characters and easy to remember...also it's quite long so it's not easy to guess though.
@erikdell (99)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I'm an IT guy at the world's largest pharmaceutical company and protecting information is key. Passwords should be strong at all times. I find the simplest way to make a password strong is to use your normal everyday password but make a few minor changes. You should Capitalize a letter in the word, I usually recommend the first or last letter. Next you should throw a number in the word. I recommend putting the number in at a syllable break. You should start the number at 0 or 1. This allows you simply to change the number when your password expires to the next higher number like 1 or 2. Example: Your password is password To make this a strong password do the following pass1worD This is considered a strong password. One thing I forgot to mention is that your password should be more than 8 characters to qualify as a strong password. Also (this should go without saying but...) in order to keep your password a strong password you should keep it to yourself.
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I try to mix up my passwords so that I am the only one that can figure out what they are. They are personal to me only. They would not be easily figured out by anyone as that is how it should be. They are easy to remember and only make sense to me.
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
Quite good tips and discussion you started about passwords, I think it will be a big help for people, not all of us using a strong passwords. As for my passwords, I think it was strong enough, it was consist of small and big cap letters and numbers. But before, I am not that wise in using passwords, if I remember it correctly, I once used dates and names as my passwords. Only recently that I changed and used a quite strong one. But thanks anyway for sharing this to us.
• Nepal
18 Jul 08
I have very long password and used all the letter and capital small , numbers.So no one can find my password and one intresting thing in this I frequently change password . And some website show my password rating strength 'very strong'.
@sanzi1201 (644)
• China
18 Jul 08
I always use tha same password ,or,I will forget it.And don't know which one is fit to them.
@alpha7 (1910)
• France
18 Jul 08
My passwords are always determined by my present situation,i am never short of it,although atimes it could be so short but i fill it up with numbers.I never write important passwords down some where because my computer and telephone line had been spied on many occassions and this makes me wonder if i can actually afford to keep password somewhere apart from my brain.
@venkygec (783)
• India
18 Jul 08
Thanks for your tips...... But i have my own style of choosing a password... Well my passwords are very long ... and ofcourse not guessable by anyone... I use short sentences as passwords... like "i.like.mylot.very.much"...he he.. Depending on the site for which I'm setting my password... i think of a sentence that would fit into it.... And hence My passwords are:- 1)Very long.. 2)Easy to remember.. 3)Not easily guessable.. 3)Contains special characters too.. Hope you people like this way of making strong passwords.....
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I dont use very strong passwords, but I am very forgetful, so I need to have a password I can remember easily. And even when I write them down it doesnt help cuz i will just lose the paper.