Tips for Creating the Perfect Password

A cyber security firm figured out how secure every type of password is.  They say ANY password that’s six characters or less can be cracked instantly now, even if it’s got special characters.  In general, it takes at least 12 characters to be somewhat secure.  Or, go big:  An 18-character-long password with numbers, letters, and special characters would take 438 TRILLION YEARS to hack. Let’s simplify the process with today’s list of Tips for Creating the Perfect Password.

  • Make sure it’s long enough so someone smart like a hacker can’t crack it.  But short enough so someone stupid like you can’t forget it.
  • Incorporate that symbol that we call a “hashtag.”  Or anyone who watches CBS calls a Tic-Tac-Toe board.
  • Don’t spend too much time on your bank password.  Hackers don’t care about accessing that $14.72 in your checking account.
  • When in doubt, just use your home address.  Unless your home address is “1234 Password.”
  • Use a lot of asterisks, squiggles, question marks and other things that appear in a Gary Busey thought bubble.
  • Remember:  whatever password you come up with, ALWAYS write it on a Post-it note and stick it to your computer.