Suppose an evil person wants to get into your Passpack account. With all the security measures we’ve put in place, the easiest route for Mr. Evil to take would be to simply try and guess your User ID, Pass and Packing Key.
Of course, Mr. Evil, being the nasty person he is, will use every trick in the book to guess your Account information. First he’ll use a computer to make his task faster, and he’ll program that computer to test every word in the dictionary, dates and names. If your password isn’t “strong” enough, he’ll be into your account in a matter of minutes. Scary isn’t it?
No need to panic though, here are a few rules to follow in order to keep Mr. Evil out:
DO Use the entire keyboard: upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols like these… |\!”�$%&/()=?^�’*+@#�����. DO Use something LONG – at least 10 keystrokes. More is better. Avoid “real” words: no names, dates, famous people or any word found in the dictionary. Not even if you write them backwards. Avoid sequences or repeated characters: “12345678,” “222222,” “abcdefg,” or adjacent letters on your keyboard like “qwerty”. Avoid using User IDs or Passwords that you’ve used in other sites.
Do this three times: once for your User Id, once for your Pass and once for your Packing Key. Passpack includes a quality rating bar to help you along.
There IS an easier way…
If you’re wondering, How ON EARTH can anyone remember such a monstrous thing!? Think about it – what uses upper case letters, lower case letters, spaces and punctuation?
Here are some great examples of a Strong Pass (pass-phrases!):
My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Naddler, changed my life.
1961: my HUBBY was born!!
$10 is WAY too much for a candy bar.
Creative math: 20+1=300.
Just in case you’re still wondering – YES, you can (and should) use spaces and punctuation. Throw in some numbers and you’re all set. Here is another good article to look at.
Oh… DO NOT use these examples as passwords. [wink]