Have you been warned about not using the same password for everything? Cyber criminals do steal information from websites that have poor security, and then use that same information to target more secure environments, such as your banking website!
How did this become an issue?
Well some websites store your personal information as plain text e.g. Name = 'John Doe', PW = '12345678', this is easy to read isn't it and not very secure.
Some websites go a step farther and encrypt your personal information with a message-digest algorithm (MD5), this was better but many passwords are made from common words which a cyber criminal can easily use a rainbow table (a precomputed table for reversing cryptographic hash functions) for.
e.g. A password like 12345678 when MD5'd is converted to 25d55ad283aa400af464c76d713c07ad and the rainbow table look up for 25d55ad283aa400af464c76d713c07ad would be 12345678, see our common password list which you should not use.
Some data breaches reported are: Facebook, Adobe, LinkedIn , LivingSocial, NBC websites, Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, Evernote, Drupal.org, Federal Reserve Internal website and there are many more!
There are two types of passwords. There's the passwords which are stored in a keeper/storage application which you do not intend to remember such as:
and there's the passwords that you are expected to remember. Unfortunately most people use a very common easily password.
But there's an easy and a better way to remember your passwords and make them harder to crack.
Some basics first, your password needs the following:
See more about Password Guidelines.
Learn how to create easy to remember passwords using quotes. See our Easy Password for the Day.
Next step, learn how to create easy to remember passwords from the extensive collection of quotations.
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