Humans are beings with strong imagination that usually stops when they are asked to create a new password. This is quite common in the computer world, and generally passwords picked for our accounts (facebook, emails etc) luck imagination.
Having our codes discovered can be from frustrating to a serious risk for us. Our personal and financial data can be at risk if we don’t take the time to think and maintain a strong password for our accounts. Remember that the most common way passwords are discovered is by using a code with a special meaning to us like our (children’s, wife, dog birthday) favorite team etc. Also simple repetitive passwords are easy to break like 12345, qwerty, lalalala and more.
There is a very good technique though to create codes that are easy to remember and virtually impossible to break.
First we find a small sentence that we won’t forget. For example Microsoft’s “Where do you want to go today” which was a slogan in the windows 98 campaign
First we remove the spaces and then we substitute some of the letters with symbols like this:
- ο → #
- d → $
- a → @
- e → 3
- w → W
Now our new code looks like this: Wh3r3$#y#W@ntt#g#t#$@y
This code is can be considered impossible to break cause it contains low and high case letters, numbers and symbols and it is 22 characters in length. The total number of combinations from such a code is over 4.6184.108.40.2065.510.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000. A code like this would need “565 septillion years” to break according to the webpage HowSecureIsMyPassword.
Also all we need to remember is the original phrase we used for a basis for our code and the letter substitutions we did.
As simple as it seems it is enough to keep malicious users away from our personal data. This technique is used by many IT experts.
If you decide to use this technique you can be confident no one will break your code.