The best passwords are hard to guess
so they can't be something that hackers have learned that most people use as a password. These are the elements of easily guessed passwords that you want to avoid using:
- Your birthdate, or family members' birthdates
- Names of children, relatives, or pets
- Any personal information you share anywhere online
- Any of these commonly used passwords
Traditional Advice About Passwords
You've probably heard that you need to create "strong passwords" like these:
If you want to create these kinds of passwords you can google "password generator" and you'll find a site like this one
Let's be real
No one wants to use these kinds of passwords. Because first of all they look weird. And (more importantly
) they're hard to remember and hard to type. It might be okay to use those kinds of passwords if you have a tool for creating them, remembering them, and filling them in automatically (which is discussed in this procedure: Use of a password manager
), but for now let's just recognize the truth...
No one wants to use passwords like those (listed above
) even if one believes that they should
use them. So for your master password let's not use passwords like those. Next, we'll talk about a better option for your master password.