|"Computer Keyboard" by Charles Rondeau|
Complex Passwords Aren't as Secure as We Think
Some companies require employees to change their passwords weekly or monthly for an illusion of security. So what do employees do so their brains will remember complex passwords? They write down their passwords and put it in their desks, which defeats the entire purpose of a "secure" password. IT Departments need to consider the human brain when making password requirements instead of only the mathematics of hacking a password.
The Default Password
So often we follow a basic pattern for making a password when it has to be complicated. Most of us use a single word and add numbers before or after the word. These passwords are easy to hack. Many hackers and robots just use brute force by repeating the same word with different number combinations. It's way too obvious when you use the @ sign for an a, the 3 for an E, 5 for an S, or the number 1 for a lowercase l or an uppercase I. Never use the words password, password1, password2.... Need I say more?
Blending Words or Phrases as Passwords
Choose words or phrases that aren't too closely related to your favorite food, color, saying, or favorite anything else because the most successful hackers are relatives and friends. Stick with few passwords--or variations of them--so you aren't tempted to write them down.
Following the Extra Security Measures
Now you can create a simple and secure password that you don't have to stress about remembering. Remember, if you have to write down the password, change it!
P.S. My husband is a software engineer, so I absorb a lot of technical information through him. I vicariously earned a Bachelor's in Computer Science.
Have you ever written your down your passwords because they were too complex?