An article in today’s OC Register by Thomas Hill (gobankingratres.com) entitled – 4 places burglars search for data – got me thinking again about computer passwords. You know, those letters, numbers and special characters we use to keep others from breaking into our files.
One of the problems with passwords is that if you actually use a word, a real word in any language, your files can be opened by a brute force dictionary attack. The same thing goes if you type it in backwards, duh.
One of the problems with hard to guess passwords — ones that contain letters, upper and lower case, numbers and special characters — is that they are so hard to remember. Therefore, we write them down. Hmmm . . . burglar breaks into house, turns on computer, opens desk drawer and finds pad with your banking password. Two minutes later your account is empty and his is full.
Need a good password(s) that’s (almost) foolproof and easy to remember?
Select a favorite quotation (or two or three).
For example: The man who was not Terrence O’Grady had come quietly. (From Agent of Change by Lee and Miller)
Take the first letter of each word: TmwwnTO’Ghcq — an easy to remember password with upper and lower case letters, an apostrophe, and is twelve digits long. Need a number in the mix? Substitute the capital O with a zero — TmwwnT0’Ghcq
Need more numbers or a longer password? Look on the same page: Standard Year 1392.
New password: TmwwnT0’Ghcq1392
You really think someone is going to guess this? And, if you forget part of it, all you have to do is get the book from the shelf (which, of course, is in another room).
Want to check the strength of your passwords? Try one, or all of the following:
Need other numbers?
Use the last four digits of your best friend’s (the one you had while in you were in elementary school) phone number.
Do you remember your first phone number? (same thing as above)
There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun:
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter silvered wings:
(From High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., which I had to memorize for an oral presentation in elementary school.)
Haven’t got a prayer of remembering this stuff? Try a prayer.
Our Father who (which) art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
OFwaihhbtn or — OFwaihhbtn1392
0Fwa1h,hbtn or — 0Fwa1h,hbtn1392
0Fwa1h,hbtn. or — 0Fwa1h,hbtn.1392
Last piece of advice: Do NOT use your bank account password for anything else, under any circumstances, and if you have only one real good password, use it here.
This Post made possible through the aid of Smoke and Mist — sleeping quietly on the sofa.
Now, back to reading The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower.