Passwords are About to get Easier

If I do things right in this blog, by the time you’re done reading, you’ll have a better understanding of creating a great password and the process won’t seem as daunting. We’re all told we need strong passwords.  But why? What is strong enough? And why must I change my passwords so often? After all, everyone seems to have a zillion passwords nowadays changing them is a PITA.  While certain technologies are starting to appear to replace passwords, passwords themselves aren’t going anywhere for a while. Password Strength Having a secure password means creating a strong password. Password strength is measured by entropy.  This is a calculation of how unpredictable a password is.  Different systems have criteria for what they consider a strong password.  Some older systems only allow for 8 character password, which limits the strength the password can be.  With such limitations in length, complexity was entered into our password creation.  Complexity refers to adding special characters, lowercase and uppercase letters, and numbers.  You can check out password strength calculators on the internet to see the difference in using various characters.  Another way to make the entropy greater in a password is to make it longer….very long. Creating a Great Password Creating a great password isn’t really that difficult.  You do need to do it in the confines of the system you need the password for.  Systems that require the complexity required above must contain certain types of characters. It doesn’t need to be difficult to adhere to these rules and still create a password you can remember. Make substitutions of regular letters with symbols, such as replacing...
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