State of the net came out with an interesting article on passwords and this is what they reported:
So you think that your password is safe ? Well you definitely don’t use Password01, 123456 or even your name joshgahan89. Those are too easy for any hacker to guess. So what are you using that makes your password so safe ? , well if it’s any of the following combinations, you have fallen into the most common password traps and the hackers know it.
- 1 Uppercase, 5 Lowercase and 2 Numbers – Rtire21
- 1 Uppercase, 6 Lowercase and 2 Numbers – Edolpod33
- 1 Uppercase, 3 Lowercase and 4 Numbers – Yirf1992
These are just three of the 100 most common password patterns that was discovered during a 2013 study on behalf of DARPA, by a security firm Korelogic. They did admit that for most, it’s not always practical to avoid some of these 100 password combinations but if you steer clear of the following practices you’ll definitely put yourself in a more secure position when it comes to password formation.
- Avoid starting with an uppercase letter then following with lowercase letters
- Adding a letter or two to the end of a password when it isn’t long enough
- Using two or four digits before or after the password
- Using “!” at the end of the password when you’re required to use special characters
- Not using two special characters in your password
So i can confess i have used some of the patterns in the past but i have been using some strong password generators to help keep things random. I prefer http://passwordsgenerator.net/ as it has the option to generate the password locally and therefor no data is passed over the wire, give it a go and it’s upto you what password manager you use, though i do use Dashlane and it’s fantastic,it also has the option to generate the password too, though whatever product you use, it’s your choice in the end.